5 takeaways from Jags 2021 calendar


November 8, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, United States; Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson (30) runs the ball against Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt (99) and linebacker Tyrell Adams (50) during the second quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jags’ first games of the 2021 season will be against the Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals. It’s a stretch that gives them opportunities to stack wins, while also providing them with challenges.

Their season opener in Houston is one where they will be a rare favorite. For now, the squad are in disarray with Deshaun Watson’s predicament, which will likely force them to trot Tyrod Taylor or rookie Davis Mills behind center. Plus, their defense isn’t what it once was, as the unit finished 2020 last against the rush and 30th overall.

Seems like a great game for Lawrence and Meyer to make their way into the NFL if you ask me.

The Broncos, meanwhile, also battled racing and placed 25th in the class. Their offense wasn’t particularly intimidating either, placing 23rd overall and 28th in the passing game.

The Cardinals, of course, will be the toughest team on the stretch. They are loaded with athletes from both sides of the ball like Kyler Murray, Rondale Moore, DeAndre Hopkins, Chandler Jones, JJ Watt and Budda Baker. In all fairness, for a team as young as the Jags, Arizona can make Week 3 ugly, but at least Jacksonville will have the public by their side.

Finally, there are the Bengals, who present the Jags with another game up for grabs. While Joe Burrow will be a year wiser and improvements have been made, it remains to be seen how well the Bengals will be able to protect their franchise. In addition, their defense was not very good last season, ranking 29th against the run and 26th overall.

This list of games could very well put the Jags in a tough spot where they could at least hit 0.500, but their offense will likely have to lead the way. Their defense will also need to have key moments during the stretch, and that might help if they were better against the run.

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