While some of the faces will remain the same, the Jacksonville Jaguars will, in many ways, usher in a new era with the start of the 2020 season. After parting with many of the players that helped the team reach the 2017 AFC Championship Game, the Jaguars are hoping that their newly acquired talent -- that includes 12 picks from the 2020 draft -- can help them get back to their winning ways after consecutive losing seasons. Jacksonville is also surely hoping that Gardner Minshew, who enjoyed surprising success as a rookie last season, will continue to grow while becoming the team's long-term solution at quarterback.
Below, we'll break down Jacksonville's 2020 schedule by week and pinpoint all of the primetime games to keep an eye on. We'll also dive into the Jaguars' strength of schedule, what we project as their toughest stretch of games, and more. Without further ado, let's dive right into it.
- Week 1, Sept. 13: vs. Colts
- Week 2, Sept. 20: at Titans
- Week 3, Sept. 24: vs. Dolphins (Thursday Night Football)
- Week 4, Oct. 4: at Bengals
- Week 5, Oct. 11: at Texans
- Week 6, Oct. 18: vs. Lions
- Week 7: BYE
- Week 8, Nov. 1: at Chargers
- Week 9, Nov. 8: vs. Texans
- Week 10, Nov. 15: at Packers
- Week 11, Nov. 22: vs. Steelers
- Week 12, Nov. 29: vs. Browns
- Week 13, Dec. 6: at Vikings
- Week 14, Dec. 13: vs. Titans
- Week 15, Dec. 20: at Ravens
- Week 16, Dec. 27: vs. Bears
- Week 17, Jan. 3: at Colts
The Jaguars will open the home portion of their schedule against the Colts in Week 1. The Jaguars are just 1-3 in home openers under head coach Doug Marrone, with the only win coming against the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in Week 2 of the 2018 season. Jacksonville dropped last season's home opener against the eventual champion Chiefs, with Patrick Mahomes throwing for 383 yards and three touchdowns in the Chiefs' 40-26 win.
As noted above in the schedule breakdown, the Jaguars will be playing one primetime game in 2020, against the Dolphins on Thursday Night Football in Week 3. In 2019, the Jaguars went 1-1 on primetime, defeating the visiting Titans in Week 3 before falling to the Texans in London in Week 9.
Strength of schedule
Earlier this offseason, John Breech broke down the 2020 strength of schedule for all 32 NFL teams based on combined opponent winning percentage in 2019. After finishing in fourth place in the AFC South, the Jaguars will face the 11th easiest strength of schedule in 2020. For a complete look at every team's strength of schedule, .
However, when basing strength of schedule on the over/under win totals for each team's opponents during the 2020 season at William Hill, the Jaguars go from facing the 11th-easiest schedule in the league to facing the 19th-easiest. For a complete look at every team's strength of schedule using this methodology, check out Jared Dubin's full breakdown here.