Jaguars Mock Season (Weeks 1-4)

We are going to break down the season into four, four-game stretches, similar to what the Jaguars coaching staff themselves do. Here is a brief preview of the upcoming games, each team's record entering the game, and more importantly what we believe will happen.

If there's one thing I've learned in my career as a sportswriter, it's that everyone loves predictions. Actually, everyone loves ridiculing other people's predictions that are different than their own. Since I haven't had nearly enough ridicule in the last week or so, here's how I believe the Jaguars regular season is going to play out.


Week One- Jacksonville (0-0) at Tennessee (0-0)

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. The Jaguars will be preaching something similar to that phrase as the team opens up against Tennessee for the second consecutive year, this time looking to avoid the upset that occurred in Jacksonville a year ago. Make no mistake, the Jaguars opening day loss last September wasn't a fluke, the Titans out-muscled and outplayed the Jaguars en route to 282 yards rushing and a 13-10 victory. Jacksonville won the second meeting in 2007, 28-13 in Tennessee.

2008 will be a much different opener. The Jaguars are an improved team, and Tennessee won't sneak up on their division rivals with their spread offense and misdirection handoffs. The much focused and extremely motivated Jacksonville Jaguars will take this one by double-digits to better their NFL best opening day record (currently 9-4).


Week Two- Buffalo (0-1) at Jacksonville (1-0)

The Jaguars hosted a very motivated, yet under-talented Buffalo Bills squad last season and pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 36-14 victory. The game was much closer than the final score indicated as the Jaguars couldn't break away until the final half of the fourth period.

The Jaguars have won five of their last six home games in September, and have matchup advantages in nearly every facet of the game against Buffalo. It is extremely possible that Bills running back Marshawn Lynch may sit this game out due to a potential off-the-field suspension due to his hit-and-run incident of a month ago. Like most teams that visit north Florida in September, the Bills will wilt away in the second-half due to the heat and humidity, and former Jaguars defensive tackle Marcus Stroud's homecoming will be ruined by the home team.


Week Three- Jacksonville (2-0) at Indianapolis (2-0)

It's time for another first-place showdown that will likely be the best game of week three in the NFL. The Jaguars head to the brand new Lucas Oil Field for the first time to take on the undefeated Colts. Although the Jaguars have played Indianapolis tough seemingly each season at their house, they've only defeated them once in the state of Indiana (2004). The Colts defeated the Jaguars both times they played last season, and have won five out of the last six games in the series.

This will be another typical Jacksonville at Indianapolis type of game in which the Jaguars seemingly outplay the Colts, win most of the statistical battles, and leave the game with a heartbreaking loss that will leave Jaguars fans scratching their heads. The Jaguars once again take on the role of the chasers in the AFC South title race, and the Colts take on their familiar role as the front-runners, as they've began each season since 2005 with a 7-0 or better start.


Week Four- Houston (2-1) at Jacksonville (2-1)

Another big game for the Jaguars as they take on their third AFC South rival in the first four weeks as Houston comes to town. The Jaguars are the only AFC team that the Texans have a winning record against, and the two teams split last season after the Jaguars rested nearly all of their starters in the meaningless season finale at Reliant Stadium.

Houston will enter this game as a very confident bunch after finally defeating Tennessee for just the third time in their history. Their confidence will not be enough to defeat the Jaguars at home in September, as they end their brief one-game losing streak thanks to some solid special teams and a powerful running game. Jacksonville wins in a nail-biter.

After the first quarter of the season, the Jaguars sit at 3-1, and are in the drivers seat for a playoff spot in the AFC, although they trail division leader Indianapolis by one-half game in the standings.




Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie is a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports and Sirius NFL Radio, and has been featured on the NFL Network. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Feel free to contact him -HERE- with questions or comments.

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