Jacksonville Jaguars 2023 schedule release: 3 biggest takeaways
1. The Jacksonville Jaguars deserve to get 3 primetime games
The Jaguars had gotten a Thursday Night Football slot the five years but playing on Thursday isn't as appealing as Sunday or Monday. On top of that, players aren't fond of the short week that comes with suiting up for Thursday.
However, it was hard to justify giving the Jaguars national exposure when you take into account that they weren't very good. Would you imagine giving Jacksonville top billing when they went 1-15 in 2020? Moreover, they didn't have many players with a high profile. Back in 2017, when they made the AFC Championship, their starts were mostly on the offensive side of the ball and fans mostly knew quarterback Blake Bortles because he was good at putting up solid Fantasy Football numbers.
That's no longer the case though, the Jaguars are one of the hottest teams and they have a star-sudden cast, led by Trevor Lawrence, who's quickly becoming one of the top quarterbacks in the league. But the former Clemson Tiger isn't the only player with a personality on the roster.
When the Jaguars play in primetime, a national audience will get to know plucky safety Andrew Wingard, the man behind the phrase, "It was always the Jags". Fellow safety Andre Cisco also deserves the spotlight. The same is Tyson Campbell, one of the most underrated cornerbacks in the league.
This season, the Jaguars will have a chance to prove they're one of the top teams in the league and what better way to do it than beating the New Orleans Saints (Week 7), the Cincinnati Bengals (Week 13) and the Baltimore Ravens (Week 15) in a primetime.