Jacksonville Jaguars 2021 NFL Schedule: Dates/Time, Team News, Predictions & Key Games
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The NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars became far more relevant when they drafted Trevor Lawrence No. 1 overall, but with a strong haul of free agents and other rookies joining the roster with new coach Urban Meyer at the helm, how soon can the Jags truly be competitive?

Lawrence has been widely cited as the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck. Remember what happened when he landed in Indianapolis: The Colts went from 1-15 to the playoffs.

Given Meyer’s track record of instant turnarounds and Lawrence’s phenomenal talent, perhaps Jacksonville has something similar in-store in a wide-open AFC South division.

Let’s examine the Jaguars’ 2021 schedule and see how they might have a path to at least being in the mix for the postseason.

2021 NFL Jacksonville Jaguars: Full Schedule

These are the teams that they are scheduled to play during the 2021 NFL season.

Week Date Opponent Kickoff time (ET) TV
1 Sept. 12 at Texans 1 p.m. CBS
2 Sept. 19 vs. Broncos 1 p.m. CBS
3 Sept. 26 vs. Cardinals 1 p.m. Fox
4 Sept. 30 (Thursday) at Bengals 8:20 p.m. NFLN
5 Oct. 10 vs. Titans 1 p.m. CBS
6 Oct. 17 vs. Dolphins (London game) 9:30 a.m. CBS
7 Bye
8 Oct. 31 at Seahawk 4:05 p.m. CBS
9 Nov. 7 vs. Bills 1 p.m. CBS
10 Nov. 14 at Colts 1 p.m. CBS
11 Nov. 21 vs. 49ers 1 p.m Fox
12 Nov. 28 vs. Falcons 1 p.m. CBS
13 Dec. 5 at Rams 4:25 p.m. CBS
14 Dec. 12 at Titans 1 p.m. CBS
15 Dec. 19 vs. Texans 1 p.m. CBS
16 Dec. 26 at Jets 1 p.m. CBS
17 Jan. 2 at Patriots 1 p.m. CBS
18 Jan. 9 vs. Colts 1 p.m. CBS

2021 NFL Jacksonville Jaguars: Key games

Week 10 at Indianapolis Colts: Obviously, every divisional matchup is important, but the Colts were the lone team the Jaguars beat last season. Still, Indy finished second in the AFC South and made the playoffs, but maybe this year Jacksonville could challenge the Colts in the standings. That possibility hinges on how well Carson Wentz works out.

Week 4 at Cincinnati Bengals: It's Lawrence vs. Joe Burrow! These two last met in the 2020 College Football Playoff title game, where Burrow and his LSU Tigers capped a perfect season with a 42-25 victory. Lawrence did not throw a touchdown in the game, while Burrow tossed five scores. Both players were chosen with the No. 1 overall pick in their respective drafts, and are expected to turn their teams around. Maybe this is the start of a budding rivalry.

Week 16 at New York Jets: Lawrence went No. 1 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft while Zach Wilson went No. 2. Both the Jaguars and Jets were abysmal last year, so which quarterback can turn their franchise around the quickest? All eyes will be on the quarterbacks this week.

2021 NFL Jacksonville Jaguars: Predictions

Jacksonville Jaguars 2021 NFL Schedule: Dates/Time, Team News, Predictions & Key Games
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Week 1 – vs. Houston Texans

Simply put, the Texans are a disaster. Their projected QB depth chart is bad, and their deepest position group, running back, won’t help matters. They’re all kinds of backward and dysfunctional. Even a trip to Duval County won’t end as well as it might’ve in years past.

Jacksonville Jaguars schedule prediction: Jaguars 35, Texans 23

Week 2 – vs. Denver Broncos

This one really depends on whether Denver can find an upgrade over Teddy Bridgewater or Drew Lock at quarterback. Presuming the Broncos don’t, it feels OK to give the Jaguars the nod here in a nail-biter.

Jacksonville Jaguars schedule prediction: Jaguars 27, Broncos 26

Week 3 – vs. Arizona Cardinals

Myles Jack can help hold Kyler Murray‘s rushing ability in check, but that’d leave Jacksonville exposed in coverage. Arizona has too many weapons on the edge as well, between Chandler Jones, J.J. Watt, Isaiah Simmons, and Zaven Collins. The Cardinals’ personnel just happens to match up really well against the Jags, reported CBS.

Jacksonville Jaguars schedule prediction: Cardinals 35, Jaguars 17

Week 4 – @ Cincinnati Bengals

Should be a fascinating battle duel between Lawrence and Joe Burrow, but frankly, it’s more realistic to expect the Jaguars’ younger defense to step up than Cincinnati’s dreadful front seven. Jacksonville should be able to play keep-away, and the Bengals’ poor home turnout will only work to the visitors’ advantage.

Jacksonville Jaguars schedule prediction: Jaguars 31, Bengals 28

Week 5 – vs. Tennessee Titans

Both duels between these divisional foes should be high-scoring, and it feels like a split is coming, because the departure of Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith is at least going to have some negative effect. Plus, Tennessee’s defense didn’t improve that much this offseason.

Jacksonville Jaguars schedule prediction: Jaguars 37, Titans 31

Week 6 – vs. Miami Dolphins (London)

Tua Tagovailoa looked shaky as a 2020 rookie, to the point where it already feels safe to project Lawrence as the far superior quarterback. That’s bad news for Miami, who otherwise has a championship-caliber roster for the most part, especially on defense.

Jacksonville Jaguars schedule prediction: Jaguars 23, Dolphins 20

WEEK 7 BYE

Week 8 – @ Seattle Seahawks

It’ll be fascinating to see how the Russell Wilson saga plays out in Seattle and the impact it might have on the locker room. This should be closer than expected, yet if enough 12th Man fans are packing the Seahawks’ stadium, that’ll probably be too much for the young Jags to overcome.

Jacksonville Jaguars schedule prediction: Seahawks 26, Jaguars 17

Week 9 – vs. Buffalo Bills

Two players named Josh Allen in this contest, but the Bills have the better, more valuable one at quarterback. Allen should dismantle the Jaguars, and a seasoned defensive coach in Sean McDermott will scheme up too many exotic looks for Jacksonville’s offense to keep pace in a shootout.

Jacksonville Jaguars schedule prediction: Bills 50, Jaguars 24

Week 10 – @ Indianapolis Colts

Playing at Lucas Oil Stadium isn’t easy, but since the Colts have a total wild card at QB in Carson Wentz and no clear answer at left tackle, Jacksonville should keep this one surprisingly competitive. In the end, home-field advantage helps Indy edge it out.

Jacksonville Jaguars schedule prediction: Colts 27, Jaguars 24

Week 11 – vs. San Francisco 49ers

That San Francisco running game is liable to overwhelm Jacksonville. Even with Malcom Brown providing a huge upgrade on the interior defensive line, once the 49ers backs get to the second level, they should be able to run all over the Jaguars.

Jacksonville Jaguars schedule prediction: 49ers 45, Jaguars 24

Week 12 – vs. Atlanta Falcons

Notorious for blowing big leads, Atlanta has a long way to go to exorcise those demons. Kyle Pitts will help the offense, but the Falcons’ defense still leaves much to be desired. Lawrence should carve them up and catalyze a comeback win.

Jacksonville Jaguars schedule prediction: Jaguars 42, Falcons 38

Week 13 – @ Los Angeles Rams

The Rams represent what the Jaguars probably aspire to be in some form or fashion. Tons of speed, perimeter playmakers on offense and defense, and an explosive quarterback talent. Matthew Stafford should feast on the Jaguars secondary with the weapons at his disposal in LA.

Jacksonville Jaguars schedule prediction: Rams 41, Jaguars 20

Week 14 – @ Tennessee Titans

Don’t be surprised when the reigning division champs get pushed to the limit in Nashville. However, given the running prowess of Derrick Henry and stellar play under center from Ryan Tannehill, it’s difficult to envision a scenario where Jacksonville escapes with a road win.

Jacksonville Jaguars schedule prediction: Titans 38, Jaguars 37

Week 15 – @ Houston Texans

Houston had far less cap space and draft capital to play with this offseason than the Jaguars, and now is dealing with a Deshaun Watson scandal that has no end in sight. Not a great combo. It could lead to a winless Texans season.

Jacksonville Jaguars schedule prediction: Jaguars 35, Texans 23

Jacksonville Jaguars 2021 NFL Schedule: Dates/Time, Team News, Predictions & Key Games
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Week 16 – @ New York Jets

The battle of top picks! Zach Wilson leads the Jets, who’ve definitely bolstered their offense, yet have neglected many key areas on defense. Look for Lawrence to give Jacksonville the slight edge here, as the Jags should also be able to run the ball at will with James Robinson and Travis Etienne.

Jacksonville Jaguars schedule prediction: Jaguars 28, Jets 24

Week 17 – @ New England Patriots

Young QBs historically don’t fare well at all against Bill Belichick. Although the Patriots’ offense isn’t going to scare anyone too much, if you’re a Jaguars fan, don’t expect Lawrence to waltz into Foxborough as a rookie and outfox The Hoodie.

Jacksonville Jaguars schedule prediction: Patriots 30, Jaguars 16

Week 18 – vs. Indianapolis Colts

It’s not a stretch to picture Jacksonville pass-rusher Josh Allen teeing off on Wentz, along with 2020 first-round pick K’Lavon Chaisson. If that young duo can knock the Colts signal-caller off his spot, Indianapolis will have its hands full as Lawrence and Co. play ball control and feed off the energy of their home crowd.

Jacksonville Jaguars schedule prediction: Jaguars 34, Colts 23

Jacksonville Jaguars projected record: 9-8

2021 NFL Jacksonville Jaguars: Toughest matchup

Week: 13 | Date: Dec. 5 | Time: 4:25 p.m.

Opponent: at Los Angeles Rams

The Rams had the best defense in the league last year and it carried the team to the postseason. Now, they also have found a legitimate quarterback in Matthew Stafford. The Rams in L.A. could be the toughest game the Jaguars play this season, and it will be fun to see how Lawrence fares against an elite defense.

How to Watch Jacksonville Jaguars Games Live

It is possible to watch Jacksonville Jaguars games live online or on TV without an expensive Cable TV package. Usually, these games are on CBS, but that may change depending on schedule, type of game, or national interest.

Use a TV antenna to watch the games on your TV

If the game is on either CBS, NBC, FOX or ABC, you can likely watch it live free if you have an inexpensive device called a digital TV antenna. A TV antenna allows you to watch your local broadcast channels for free once you've bought the antenna. This however requires your home to be within range of the local station that is carrying the game.

Use official NFL apps to stream games online

While using an over-the-air TV antenna is still the best way to freely watch most NFL games, if the Indianapolis Colts game is on ESPN, NFL Network or is blacked out for attendance reasons, you can still watch it, albeit with a little bit of work involved.

If you are looking to stream NFL games online using one of their official apps, you have a few options:

NFL Gamepass - NFL Gamepass allows you to stream any NFL game after the live game has ended. This will be your cheapest and easiest option, but obviously you won't be able to watch the games live. There is a free trial available.

NFL Sunday Ticket - NFL Sunday Ticket will allow you to live stream NFL games from any device, but the catch is that you can only watch out-of-market games. This means if you live in the market you are trying to watch the game for, you'll need to mask your location with a VPN (see below).

Removing Local Blackout Restrictions

If the NFL attempts to blackout live streaming of Indianapolis Colts games due to you being within the their home viewing area, use a VPN to get around it, No Cable cites.

By using a VPN, or virtual private network, your home's exact location is masked. Teams then cannot determine if you are within their blackout "range", thus allowing you to watch whatever sports team you want.

Our favorite VPN service — and one of the most respected — is NordVPN. I recently switched to NordVPN, which is the most trusted VPN service anywhere. I can vouch that they work for this exact use-case because I've done it.

A VPN hides where you actually are on the internet. After purchasing their service, you get an IP address that is registered from some far-away place (think Germany, Italy or Seattle), and that IP is either entered into your home internet router or via their downloaded "VPN app" on whatever device you plan on watching sports on (phone, TV, tablet, etc). This IP address acts as a disguise to the various major sports teams that attempt to "blackout" their streaming services for those of us that can simply watch it on our TVs or computers.

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