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2016 Jaguars schedule news and notes

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TICKETING INFORMATION:Fans not wanting to miss a minute of the action at EverBank Field can immediately begin purchasing single-game tickets for the 2016 season by visiting Jaguars.com or Ticketmaster.com or by calling 904.633.2000.  Members of the Jaguars Sales Team are standing by following the schedule announcement to assist with fan questions.  Group tickets will be available to the general public beginning April 19 at noon.*  *

TOUGH COMPETITION: Jacksonville is scheduled to play six games against playoff teams from 2015: Green Bay, Kansas City, Denver, Minnesota and Houston (twice). Three of those five teams made it to the divisional rounds (Green Bay, Kansas City and Denver), with Denver advancing on to win the Super Bowl. Four of those six games will be played at EverBank Field. The Jaguars will face the Broncos for the third time in a season following a Denver Super Bowl victory, with the series split, 1-1. The Jaguars are 2-6 when facing the previous season's Super Bowl champion.

SEASON OPENER AT THE BANK: The Jaguars will host Green Bay in the season opener on Sunday, Sept. 11, during the NFL's kickoff weekend. The Jaguars, who are 11-10 on kickoff weekend and seeking their first season-opening win since defeating Tennessee in 2011 (16-14, on Sept. 11), are 7-5 when opening the season at home in Jacksonville. The Jaguars are 2-3 all-time against the Packers and are seeking their first win against Green Bay since a 28-25 victory on Dec. 19, 2004.

ACROSS THE COUNTRY AGAINST THE CHARGERS: The Jaguars return to San Diego on Sept. 18 to face the Chargers for the second time in the past three seasons and the fourth time in club history (Jacksonville is currently 0-3 in San Diego). Last season, the Jaguars hosted the Chargers on Nov. 29, and were defeated, 31-25. The Jaguars are 2-10 when playing games in the Pacific Time Zone.

JAGUARS PLAY HOST: Jacksonville will open the season as the home team in three of its first four games of 2016. This has only happened three other times in franchise history and is the first time since 2010 (2001, 2002, 2010).

INTERNATIONAL SERIES: The Jaguars will face the Indianapolis Colts in their first divisional matchup abroad on Oct. 2, 2016. In 2007, the NFL International Series commenced with teams playing regular season games at Wembley Stadium in London, United Kingdom. Jacksonville, which has played a home game at Wembley Stadium since 2013, has posted three of the top-eight NFL crowds at Wembley Stadium, including the venue's second-largest NFL attendance on Oct. 25, 2015 vs. Buffalo (84,021).

EARLY REST: The Jaguars 2016 bye week will be during Week 5 of the season. This is the earliest bye week for the team since 2007 when Jacksonville had a Week 4 bye. For the fourth season in a row, the bye week immediately follows Jacksonville's game in London.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Between Oct. 27 and Nov. 27, the Jaguars will play four of their five contests on the road, a stretch starting with Jacksonville's primetime matchup with the Titans in Nashville and ending in Buffalo. The last time Jacksonville had four-of-five games on the road was between Sept. 15 and Oct. 13, 2013. Last season, the Jaguars played one game at EverBank Field, between Sept. 27 and Nov. 19.

JAGUARS IN PRIME TIME: Jacksonville will travel to Tennessee for Thursday Night Football on Oct. 27. The Jaguars own a 4-5 overall record on Thursday night; however, Gus Bradley is 3-0 in prime time games (all on Thursday night) since taking over as the team's head coach in 2013. In 2015, the Jaguars defeated the Titans, 19-13, on NFL Network in the team's inaugural Bold Rush game. The Jaguars have played in 35 nationally televised prime time games in their 21 seasons, at least one each season, with a record of 17-18.

AWAY AT ARROWHEAD: When the Jaguars meet the Chiefs on Nov. 6 at Arrowhead Stadium, it will mark the 11th meeting between the two teams, with the Jaguars leading the series, 6-4. The Jaguars last faced the Chiefs on kickoff weekend of the 2013 season, with the Chiefs winning, 28-2. In their last meeting at Arrowhead Stadium, the Jaguars were defeated, 42-20, on Oct. 24, 2010. The Jaguars are seeking their first road win at Kansas City since defeating the Chiefs, 17-7, on Oct. 7, 2007.

BRING YOUR JACKET FOR BUFFALO:The Jaguars will travel to Buffalo and face the Bills in Week 12 (Sunday, Nov. 27) of the 2016 regular season. The coldest game in Jaguars history was played in nine-degree temperatures on Dec. 17, 2000 at Cincinnati. The Jaguars will play two road games following the Bills game (Week 15 at Houston; Week 17 at Indianapolis), but both venues, NRG Stadium in Houston and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, have retractable roofs. In total, the team will play three games this season in domes (also Week 11 in Detroit's Ford Field). The Jaguars own a 6-18 record in games played in a dome.

BRONCOS COME TO JAX: The Jaguars will face the Broncos for the 10th time in the regular season when Denver travels to Jacksonville on December 4, with the Broncos leading the series, 5-4. The two teams have met twice in the postseason, with the series split, 1-1. In their most recent matchup in Denver on Oct. 13, 2013, the Jaguars were defeated, 35-19. In their last meeting on Sept. 12, 2010 at EverBank Field, the Jaguars beat the Broncos, 24-17, in front of a crowd of 63,636.

HOLIDAY SPIRIT: The Jaguars will play on Christmas Eve for the first time since 2011 when they host the Titans on Saturday, Dec. 24. Jacksonville owns a 2-2 record on Christmas Eve. The Jaguars' last win on the holiday was in 2005 vs. Houston. The Jaguars, who own a 1-2 record in games played on Saturday, have never hosted a Saturday game in the team's history.

HAPPY NEW YEAR: The Jaguars will travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts on Jan. 1, 2017. The regular season finale marks the first time the team has played on New Year's Day since the 2011 season, when Jacksonville defeated the Colts, 19-13. The Jaguars also rang in the new year with a victory on January 1, 2006 versus Tennessee, 40-13. 

FACING THE NFC NORTH: The Jaguars are 8-13 against the NFC North (2-4 against Chicago, 3-2 against Detroit, 2-3 against Green Bay and 1-4 against Minnesota) in the regular season and will face the division for the first time since 2012, when the Jaguars went 0-4 against the NFC South, including a 26-23 overtime loss in the season opener. Jacksonville will host Green Bay in its season opener on Sept. 11, before traveling to Chicago on Oct. 16 to take on the Bears and Detroit on Nov. 20 to face the Lions. The Jaguars finish their NFC North slate when they host the Vikings on Dec. 11.

THREE STRAIGHT IN THE SOUTH: The Jaguars will finish their 2016 regular season schedule with three straight divisional games: Week 15 at Houston, Week 16 vs. Tennessee and Week 17 at Indianapolis. This marks the first time the Jaguars will play three consecutive divisional games to conclude their season since the AFC South was established during the league's realignment in 2002.

ROAD FINALE:The Jaguars will play their final regular season game on the road for the fifth consecutive season when they face the Colts in Indianapolis on Sunday, Jan. 1. A win in Week 17 would mark the first road win in a season finale since the Jaguars defeated the Oakland Raiders, 13-6, during the 2004 season.

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