With the 2023 NFL Draft now in the books, it's time for teams to turn their attention to Organize Team Activities (OTAs). But before the next phase of offseason workouts starts, the league has unveiled the 17-game schedule for all 32 teams, and let's just say that the Jacksonville Jaguars got a tough slate
The Jags will face off against several teams that qualified for the postseason last year, including the Buffalo Bills, the Cincinnati Bengals, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Kansas City Chiefs. The good news is that Jacksonville restocked its roster in the offseason and can go toe-to-toe with the league's heavyweights. Moreover, they got three primetime games and they'll play in both Monday and Sunday Night Football for the first time in more than 10 years.
Having said that, Jacksonville can't underestimate anyone on their schedule, even those clubs in rebuilding mode, if they want to avoid being on the wrong end of an upset.
So how does the Jaguars' schedule look for the 2023 season? How many wins will they rack up? Here's a prediction for all 17 games.
Game-by-Game predictions for the Jacksonville Jaguars 2023 schedule: Week 1
Week 1 @ Colts: The Jaguars have had great success against the Colts at home, having won six straight games at TIAA Bank Field. However, they don't fare as well when they play in Indianapolis, holding a 0-5 record since 2017. They'll have the chance to end the streak in the season opener though.
Working in the Jaguars' favor is that this is the most talented team they've assembled in years and they have a good chance to sweep their division rivals. It won't be easy though.
Although the Colts ranked 15th in points allowed in 2022, they still have lots of talent on defense, including defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, edge rusher Kwity Paye and linebacker Shaquille Leonard.
On the other hand, the offense is lacking a bonafide No. 1 receiver and it's uncertain if running back Jonathan Taylor can get back in All-Pro shape. For these reasons, the Jags might have a realistic shot at sweeping the Colts next season. Win