JACKSONVILLE – Senior writer John Oehser takes a week-by-week look at the Jaguars' 2022 schedule, which was announced Thursday night by the NFL
Week 1 | September 11
Washington Commanders (7-10, 2021 third in NFC East) at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., 1 p.m., CBS
- Breakdown: The first regular-season game of the Doug Pederson Era as the Jaguars' head coach – and the first regular-season game of an important Year 2 for rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The Jaguars will enter '22 with a new offensive scheme under Pederson and a new defensive scheme under first-year defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell. Preseason will provide glimpses of those schemes, but the regular-season opener will be the first extensive look. The Commanders – now in their third season under Head Coach Ron Rivera – lost four of their final five games to miss the postseason in 2021 after winning the NFC East in 2020. The Commanders lead the all-time series 6-1, with the Jaguars' lone victory in the series in 2002. They are expected to enter the regular season with former Philadelphia Eagles/Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz as the starting quarterback.
Week 2 | September 18
Indianapolis Colts (9-8, 2021 second in AFC South) at TIAA Bank Field, 1 p.m., CBS
- Breakdown: The Jaguars' regular-season home opener. They won twice at TIAA Bank Field in 2021 – a 9-6 victory over the Buffalo Bills on November 7 and 26-11 over the Colts in the regular-season finale. The Jaguars have won their last seven home games against the Colts dating to 2015, with their victory in the '21 finale eliminating the Colts from playoff contention. The Colts will enter '22 with a strong roster and postseason aspirations, having traded Wentz to the Commanders and having acquired quarterback Matt Ryan in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons.
Week 3 | September 25
Los Angeles Chargers (9-8, 2021 third in AFC West) at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., 4:05 p.m., CBS
- Breakdown: The Jaguars' second road game in first three '22 regular-season games – their third game at SoFi in three seasons. It's also their lone '22 game on the West Coast, where they historically have struggled. They have lost 11 of their last 12 games on the West Coast, with the lone victory during that span coming over the then-Oakland Raiders in 2019. The Chargers lead the all-time series 9-3, winning the teams' last meeting in Los Angles – 45-10 in October 2020. The Jaguars are 0-5 all-time on the road against the Chargers with the Chargers' average margin of victory 18.2 points in those games. The Chargers enter 2022 expected to contend for the postseason. They missed the postseason in 2021 on the final night of the regular season and third-year veteran Justin Herbert is one of the NFL's top young quarterbacks.
Week 4 | October 2
Philadelphia Eagles (9-8, 2021 second in NFC East) at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., 1 p.m., CBS
- Breakdown: Call this the Doug Pederson Bowl. It will be the first time for Pederson coaching against the team he coached to a Super Bowl victory following the 2017 season. Pederson remains popular in Philadelphia, so look for him be well-received by the home team fans – until kickoff, at least. The Eagles made the postseason in 2021 as a wild-card team with six victories in their last right games. This will be the first of six games for the Jaguars in 2022 against 2021 playoffs teams – and their only such matchup until early November. The all-time series is tied, 3-3, with the Eagles winning the last matchup 24-18 in 2018 in London.
Week 5 | October 9
Houston Texans (4-13, 2021 third in AFC South) at TIAA Bank Field, 1 p.m., CBS
- Breakdown: The Jaguars will be on the road often early in 2022, but their two home games in the first six weeks of the season are against AFC South teams – the Colts in Week 2 and this Week 5 game against the Texans. The Texans have won eight games in the last two seasons, with four of those victories against the Jaguars, and the Texans have won the teams' last eight meetings. The Texans enter a new head-coaching era, with former Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Lovie Smith taking over the position in the offseason after the team dismissed David Culley after one season.
Week 6 | October 16
Indianapolis Colts (9-8, 2021 second in AFC South) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., 1 p.m., CBS
- Breakdown: The Jaguars' second matchup of the season against the Colts will mark the earliest point in the season the Jaguars have completed a division series since 2000. The Jaguars that season were swept by eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore – also playing the Ravens in Weeks 2 and 6. The Colts have won the last four games in the series in Indianapolis and lead the all-time series 26-16.
Week 7 | October 23
New York Giants (4-13, 2021 fourth in NFC East) at TIAA Bank Field, 1 p.m., FOX
- Breakdown: The Jaguars' second game in three weeks against a team with 10 or more losses last season entering the season with a new head coach. The Jaguars lead the series 4-3 and have won three of the last four games, winning the last two meetings – 20-15 in the 2018 regular-season opener at MetLife Stadium and a dramatic 25-24 victory in 2014 at TIAA Bank Field in which the Jaguars rallied from a 21-0 second-quarter deficit. The Giants enter the season in major transition, with former Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll taking over as head coach in January and former Bills assistant general manager Joe Schoen taking over as general manager.
Week 8 | October 30
Denver Broncos (7-10, 2021 fourth in AFC West) at Wembley Stadium in London, England, 9:30 a.m., ESPN+
- Breakdown: The Jaguars will be away from TIAA Bank Field for the fifth time in the first eight games in this game, but this one officially is considered a home game by the NFL. The Broncos, like the Texans and Giants, are team in transition – having traded with the Seattle Seahawks for quarterback Russell Wilson and having hired former Green Bay Packers and Jaguars offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett as head coach. The all-time series is tied 7-7 with the Broncos beating the Jaguars 23-13 in Week 2 this past season at TIAA Bank Field.
Week 9 | November 6
Las Vegas Raiders (10-7, 2021 second in AFC West) at TIAA Bank Field, 1 p.m., CBS
- Breakdown: The Jaguars' third consecutive home game – and the second game in three weeks at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. The Raiders enter 2022 with high expectations, having traded with the Green Bay Packers for All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams after making the postseason as a wild-card team this past season. The Jaguars lead the all-time series 4-3 and won the last meeting, 20-16, in December 2019 – the Raiders' final game in Oakland.
Week 10 | November 13
Kansas City Chiefs (12-5, 2021 first in AFC West) at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., 1 p.m., CBS
- Breakdown: If any part of the Jaguars' schedule stands out as tougher than the rest, perhaps it's November – a home game against the Raiders, this road game against the Chiefs and a post-bye home game against the Baltimore Ravens on November 27. The Chiefs have been perhaps the AFC's most-dominant team in recent seasons – losing the AFC Championship Game following the 2018 season, winning the Super Bowl following the 2019 season, losing it following the 2020 season and playing in the AFC Championship Game following this past season. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes remains among the NFL's elite quarterbacks and the Chiefs' seven consecutive postseason appearances marks the NFL's longest such active streak. The Chiefs lead the series, 7-6, and beat the Jaguars 40-26 in their most recent meeting in 2019 in Kansas City.
Week 11 | November 20
Week 12 | November 27
Baltimore Ravens (8-9, 2021 fourth in AFC North) at TIAA Bank Field, 1 p.m., CBS
- Breakdown: The Ravens aren't one of the five 2021 postseason teams on the Jaguars' schedule, but make no mistake: History indicates that they will be a difficult opponent – and that they likely will push for a postseason appearance. The Ravens sustained a slew of injuries last season that helped lead to them missing the postseason for the first time since 2017 and to their first sub-.500 season since 2015. This game ends a streak of three consecutive Jaguars home games, with the middle one against the Broncos at Wembley Stadium in London. The Jaguars lead the all-time series, 12-10.
Week 13 | December 4
Detroit Lions (3-13-1, fourth in NFC North) at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. 1 p.m., FOX
- Breakdown: A possible matchup of the first two players selected in the 2022 NFL Draft, with the Jaguars selecting outside linebacker Travon Walker from the University of Georgia No. 1 overall and the Lions selecting edge defender Aidan Hutchinson from Michigan No. 1 overall. The Lions will enter their second season under Head Coach Dan Campbell with Jared Goff expected to start at quarterback. The Lions lead the series 4-3 and have won the last three meetings, including a 34-16 victory in October 2020.
Week 14 | December 11
Tennessee Titans (12-5, first in AFC South) at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., 1 p.m., CBS
- Breakdown: The first of two games in 2022 between the Jaguars and the two-time defending AFC South champion Titans, with the Titans again entering the season expected to contend for the division title. The Titans lead the series, 34-21, and have won the last five games in the series dating to the Jaguars' September 2019 prime-time victory in Jacksonville. The Titans won the division last season despite being without All-Pro running back Derrick Henry for the final 10 games of the season. The Jaguars' two games in the last five against Tennessee marks the first time since 2014 they have played two division games against the same team so late in the season.
Week 15 | December 18
Dallas Cowboys (12-5, first in NFC East) at TIAA Bank Field, 1 p.m., FOX
- Breakdown: The Jaguars' schedule could get difficult late in the season. This game against the Cowboys is the lone home game in a four-game stretch, and this Cowboys game is also one of three late-season games against 2021 division winners – including the two against the Titans. The Cowboys enter the season as NFC East favorites, having made the postseason last season for the first time since 2018. The Cowboys lead the all-time series 4-3, beating the Jaguars at AT&T Stadium in 2018 by a score of 40-7. This will be the Cowboys' first game in Jacksonville since 2006, with the Cowboys beating the Jaguars in London in 2014.
Week 16 | December 22
New York Jets (4-13, fourth in AFC East) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., 1 p.m., CBS
- Breakdown: This has become a common matchup in recent seasons, with these teams playing five of the last seven seasons. The game for a second consecutive season figures to be a matchup of the Nos. 1 and 2 overall selections in the 2021 NFL Draft – Lawrence and Jets quarterback Zach Wilson. The series is tied 8-8, with the Jets winning last December at MetLife Stadium, 26-21.
Week 17 | January 1
Houston Texans (4-13, third in AFC South) at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, 1 p.m., CBS
- Breakdown: The Texans lead the series in Houston 15-5 and have won seven of the teams' last eight meetings there. If the Jaguars improve enough to contend, this could be part of a key January with the Jaguars closing the season with two consecutive games in the AFC South.
Week 18 | January 7/8
Tennessee Titans (12-5, first in AFC South) at TIAA Bank Field, TBD, TBD
- Breakdown: This series has grown more one-sided in recent seasons and that has been true in Jacksonville, too. The Jaguars, after beating the Titans in six of eight games at TIAA Bank Field from 2009-2016, have lost four of the last five games at home in the series.
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