Game-by-game predictions for 2023 Jacksonville Jaguars schedule

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson and Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson and Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence / Bob Self/Florida Times-Union / USA TODAY
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Game-by-Game predictions for the Jacksonville Jaguars 2023 schedule: Weeks 2 and 3

Week 2 vs. Chiefs: For the Jags' season opener, they'll face the Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs, who are the team to beat, not just in the conference but in the whole league. With Patrick Mahomes firmly entrenched as the best quarterback in the NFL and head coach Andy Reid at the helm, it's hard to see Kansas City becoming irrelevant in the foreseeable future.

General manager Brett Veach also deserves credit for finding ways to replace key contributors and consistently infuse the roster with playmakers. While the Jags have improved considerably over the last two years, they showed last season that they weren't ready to challenge the Chiefs. They'll have another chance in 2023, this time in Jacksonville.

Even though it's easy to pick Kansas City to win this one, the Jags should be extremely motivated to show they belong among the top teams in the league after losing their two matchups against the Chiefs last year. Win

Week 3 vs. Houston: Of all the Jaguars' division foes, the Texans could give them the most trouble in the 2023 season. After three tries over the last three years, it seems like they finally got the head-coach position right when they hired DeMeco Ryans. Moreover, general manager Nick Caserio did a great job of adding talent in both free agency and the draft.

Head coach DeMeco Ryans is the kind of no-nonsense coach that will squeeze the most out of his players and will keep them motivated even if things aren't going great. Also, C.J. Stroud will be a huge upgrade at quarterback. Like any other rookie, the former Ohio State product will have his fair share of up and downs but he should bring stability at the position for years to come.

Having said that, he will come up short against the Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. He won't give up without a fight but he'll leave Jacksonville with a loss. Win