Jaguars Early-Season Schedule Could Point to Finishing Under Season-Long Win Total

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After falling one game short of a Super Bowl appearance in 2017, the Jacksonville Jaguars crashed and burned in 2018, limping to a 5-11 record. While there's plenty of optimism surrounding Jags camp this preseason, fans could be in for more of the same in 2019.

Jacksonville's first-half schedule looks absolutely brutal from the onset with a season-opening matchup against 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes and the explosive Kansas City Chiefs. Things don't get much easier after Week 1.

To highlight a few key matchups after the Chiefs, the Jags will be hard-pressed for wins in games against the Houston Texans (away in Week 2, home in Week 9), Carolina Panthers (away in Week 5) and New Orleans Saints (home in Week 6).

A strong start isn't looking too promising for the Jaguars, who have a win total set at 7.5 games on FanDuel Sportsbook. If they happen to stumble out of the gate, the Jags could fall well short of that mark. However, this Jaguars squad has the one thing that the team has been missing in previous seasons — a bona fide starting quarterback in Nick Foles.

Teams can change significantly from year to year, and the matchups mentioned above may not end up as challenging as they seem at the moment. That could give the Jags a fighting chance, especially now that Foles is under center.

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