The NFL released the 2012 schedule last night and the Jaguars schedule appears to be pretty fair. On just one occasion does the team play back-to-back games on the road and there seems to be a solid balance between their tougher and easier opponents.
The Jaguars official website has some comprehensive notes on the schedule.
Also, our friend from Big Cat Country, Alfie Crow has some interesting observations on the Jaguars opponents.
Our take: - It's very possible that head coach Mike Mularkey can get off to a good start as they open in Minnesota and play Indianapolis on Week 3. Although we don't know how good any of these teams will be, it seems as if the Jags really need to get off to a hot start or else things can unravel early on.
- The Jags have the league minimum of one prime-time game as they host the Colts. This should come as no surprise to the fans as the team had three nationally televised games last season and finished with just five wins.
- When people think of "weather advantage" games, they usually think of the northeast or midwest late in the season with the probability of cold weather and snow. The Jaguars have as great of a home field "weather advantage" with the heat in September. Unfortunately, the league scheduled just one 1:00 p.m. September start for the Jags as they host the Texans.
-Road trip watch: If there are two NFL venues that you should see before you perish it's "Jerry World" in Dallas and Lambeau Field in Green Bay. The Jaguars will travel to Lambeau on October 28th and that would be a great trip if you can find seats on the secondary market.
There's also an easy December 16th trip to Miami where Jags fans can spend some time in the sun (and possibly watch their team win) and also a Week 3 trip to Indianapolis where you can see one of the NFL's best cities, and quarterback Andrew Luck.
- Blaine Gabbert should be able to start the season off well as Minnesota and Indianapolis don't figure to have elite defenses heading into this fall. The Texans lost both Mario Williams and DeMeco Ryans in the offseason and there figures to be some sort of dropoff.
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPNFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie