No. 2 must intriguing game on Jaguars schedule: Week 4 @ Eagles.
The Jaguars and the Philadelphia Eagles don’t see each other often. The last time these two clubs played was back in 2018 and Jacksonville lost and you would have to go back all the way to 2006 to find the last time the Jags beat Philly. So what precisely makes this an intriguing game? Head coach Doug Pederson.
The Eagles hired Pederson as the head coach in 2016 and he helped them earn their first Super Bowl in franchise history the following year. Even though he took the playoffs in three consecutive years, he was given the boot after the 2020 season because they didn’t share the same vision for the future. Philadelphia ended up hiring Nick Sirianni to take Pederson’s place and did quite alright in 2021, going 9-8 and qualifying for the playoffs. Meanwhile, Pederson spent the 2021 season away from football recharging batteries.
Now with the Jaguars, Pederson will face off against his former team in 2022 but it won’t be an easy matchup. Philadelphia made several important moves this offseason, including a trade on draft day for former Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown. The Jags’ former division foe will give Philadelphia a playmaker opposite sophomore DeVonta Smith.
Quarterback Jalen Hurts made strides in his second NFL season and should continue improving in Year 3. He will test the Jaguars’ revamped cornerback room and could end up giving defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell and his unit a big headache. To add insult to injury, the game will be held at Lincoln Financial Field, a venue known for its hostile environment towards visiting teams, which is precisely why it would be pretty sweet for the Jaguars to win this one.