Jaguars face tough early schedule in 2012

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The Jaguars open the 2012 season at Minnesota on Sunday, Sept. 9 and host playoff teams in their first three games at EverBank Field before hitting the bye Week 6.

Houston (Sept. 16), Cincinnati (Sept. 30) and Chicago (Oct. 7) come to Jacksonville with a trip to Indianapolis Week 3 (Sept. 23) for coach Mike Mularkey's first division road game and the team's initial trip to Indianapolis since Peyton Manning relocated to Denver.

The Jaguars see the Colts again Thursday, Nov. 8, a prime-time game (8:20 p.m.) on NFL Network as part of the league's season-long package of midweek games.

Coming out of the bye week, the Jaguars travel to Oakland (4:15 ET) on Oct. 21 and are at Lambeau Field to take on the Packers on Oct. 28.

Owner Shad Khan won't be the only observer keenly watching Sunday, Dec. 9, when Tim Tebow arrives as a member of the New York Jets. Tebow, who starred at Florida, was acquired by the Jets in March when they outbid Khan and the Jaguars in a deal with the Denver Broncos.

Among teams that were in the 2011 postseason, Detroit (Nov. 4) and New England (Dec. 23) are likely to be big draws in Jacksonville.

The Jaguars have 12 games scheduled for 1 p.m. ET kickoffs and only three -- vs. Chicago, Detroit and Indianapolis on Nov. 8 -- aren't scheduled to be televised by CBS.

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