3 Games on the 2023 Jaguars schedule the NFL must feature in primetime
Putting together the 18-week schedule for the regular season is no easy task but it will be hard to justify not giving the Jacksonville Jaguars two or three primetime games when you take into account that they were one of the most electrifying clubs in the league in the second half of the 2022 and are poised to be even better.
Their lack of primetime appearances in previous years is justifiable when you consider that they managed to win six games or more in a season just once from 2008 to 2021. However, the Jaguars have a strong case to play on Sunday Night Football for the first time since 2008 and Monday Night since 2011.
Unlike the 2017 Jaguars team that made the AFC Championship but came crashing down the following year, its 2023 counterpart is built to last. Led by Trevor Lawrence and head coach Doug Pederson, Jacksonville showed last season that they wouldn't give up a fight and will play until the whistle blows, which makes them an appealing candidate to play in front of a national audience. In particular, these three games deserved primetime billing.
No. 3 game on the Jaguars schedule that deserves a primetime slot: @ Saints
At first sight, this matchup might not seem as appealing as others on the Jaguars schedule but it has the potential to turn into a shootout. Regardless of when it takes place, Jacksonville won't have to worry about the elements in the Superdome. Trevor Lawrence will face a stout New Orleans Saints defense but conditions will be optimal for him to sling the pigskin.
On the other hand, the Saints have a capable quarterback in Derek Carr, so they should have no trouble putting points on the scoreboard to keep up with the Jags. In the end though, the game might come down to who makes the less mistakes or which defense steps up.