This scheduling break will help the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2023
The Jacksonville Jaguars are a team on the rise. They were outstanding in 2023 once they got over their 2-6 skid to start the season.
It was nice to see them come all the way back and win the AFC South which led to a big-time playoff win over the Los Angeles Chargers.
Now, coming into 2023, they are expecting to take a big step into becoming an elite team. It is one thing to make the playoffs. It is another to win a playoff game. It is, even more, to take that step toward becoming a legit championship threat.
Well, by winning the division, they have to play a first-place schedule which is never easy for anyone. Luckily, they got a scheduling break that will help them.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a schedule break that could really help.
Instead of having lots of tough games clumped together, all of the elite teams with elite quarterbacks that they will play are all separated and spread out.
Playing in a bad AFC South division makes this a little bit more possible but the Jaguars definitely caught a break with this one.
They play Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in Week Two. That is obviously going to be a tough one as the defending Super Bowl champions will make their way down to Jacksonville for the home opener.
Then, they don't play another elite team until week five when they have the Buffalo Bills. Luckily, this game is in London where the Jaguars probably have the advantage. A neutral site field for this game is a wonderful way to go up against Josh Allen's crew.
They don't then play the Cincinnati Bengals until week 13 which is a long time from that London game vs the Bills. Joe Burrow is looking to take another huge step this year and will be tough to beat but the Jaguars should be in a great spot by the time they reach that game.
Those are the three best teams they will play this year. They are also the other three division winners from 2022.
Two weeks after that Bengals game, they will play the Baltimore Ravens. They aren't as good as the other three teams mentioned but they have Lamar Jackson who is an elite quarterback that can change games.
Everything is nice and spread out for being a first-place schedule. There are a lot of other tier-two and tier-three teams in between all those games so this could really work out in Jacksonville's favor.
If everything goes well, there is no reason to think that this break can't lead them to be the number one seed in the AFC.