<
>

Jaguars schedule analysis

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Breakdown: A month into the season, the revamped Jaguars should have a pretty good idea just wherethey stand in the AFC South. In the first month they see all three of their rivals, opening at Indianapolis, traveling to Houston in Week 3 and hosting Tennessee in Week 4.

Coming off an injury-riddled 5-11 year and minus one of their marquee players -- running back Fred Taylor was released and is now with New England -- the Jaguars drew just one prime-time game, a Thursday night contest Dec. 17 on the NFL Network against Indianapolis. But at least it's at home.

Jacksonville doesn't play two in a row at home or on the road until December and doesn't play two consecutive games on the road until Week 16 and 17 when the Jaguars are at New England and at Cleveland.

The Jaguars' opponents combined for a .517 winning percentage last year, meaning this ranks as the league's 11th-toughest schedule. Here's the complete NFL schedule.

Complaint department: The Jaguars will have a long week to prepare for a Dec. 27 trip to New England, but those are still back-to-back games against the Colts and Patriots.

Tough travel: Cross-country trips are preferable early in the season, and the first for the Jaguars isn't too bad -- for an Oct. 11 game in Seattle. But they head back to the West Coast for a Nov. 29 game in San Francisco, which could leave an imprint on them for a home game against Houston, the first of three in a row in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville Jaguars Regular-season Schedule (All times Eastern)

Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 13, at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 20, ARIZONA CARDINALS, 1 p.m.
Week 3: Sunday, Sept 27, at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 4, TENNESSEE TITANS, 1 p.m.
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 11, at Seattle Seahawks, 4:15 p.m.
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 18, ST. LOUIS RAMS, 1 p.m.
Week 7: BYE
Week 8: Sunday, Nov. 1, at Tennessee Titans, 4:05 p.m.
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 8, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS, 1 p.m.
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 15, at New York Jets, 1 p.m.
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 22, BUFFALO BILLS, 1 p.m.
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 29, at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 6, HOUSTON TEXANS, 1 p.m.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 13, MIAMI DOLPHINS, 1 p.m.
Week 15: Thursday, Dec. 17, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS, 8:20 p.m.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 27, at New England Patriots, 1 p.m.
Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 3, at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.