The Jacksonville Jaguars' 2012 season is highlighted by a nationally televised home game on NFL Network against the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday, November 8 and three home games in the first five weeks. Four of the club's last five games are against the AFC East teams.
The Jaguars visit Minnesota on Kickoff Weekend, Sunday, September 9. Four of the club's six division games come in the second half of the season, including the final game on December 30 against Tennessee.
Fifteen of the Jaguars' 16 regular season games will be played on Sundays, with 12 scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Eastern kickoffs, two at 4:05 p.m. and a 4:15 p.m. game at Oakland on October 21. The 2012 schedule features five playoff teams from a year ago and six games against playoff teams. The Jaguars will have 11 games against teams that finished .500 or better in 2011 including four against division winners.
The Jaguars will play on NFL Network for the fourth time in the last five seasons when they host the Colts in week 10. The Jaguars have played in 31 nationally televised prime time games in their 17 seasons with at least one each season. The Jaguars play two consecutive home games twice and only have one stretch with back-to-back road games.
The Jaguars open the regular season on the road for the first time since 2009 and the eighth time overall. It marks only the third time in franchise history the club will open the season against an NFC team (1998, 2003). The Jaguars own a 1-3 mark against the Vikings in the overall series and are 1-2 in Minnesota.
Following the opener, the Jaguars have back-to-back division games as they host Houston on Sunday, September 16 and the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, September 23. It marks the earliest in the season the Jaguars and Texans will have met. The Jaguars have won four of their last five home games against the Texans.
The Jaguars return to EverBank Field for a two-game homestand and a stretch of five straight non-division games beginning on Sunday, September 30 against Cincinnati, followed by Chicago on Sunday, October 7. Both games are scheduled for 4:05 p.m. Eastern kickoffs. The Jaguars and Bengals are meeting in Jacksonville for the second straight season and the Jaguars have won four of the last six games in the series. The Bears are visiting Jacksonville for the first time since 2004 and own a 3-2 lead in the series.
The Jaguars' open date in week five on Sunday, October 14 is their earliest since 2007 (week four). Following the bye week, the Jaguars play consecutive road games beginning at Oakland on Sunday, October 21. It marks the club's only west coast game in 2012 and the first visit to Oakland since 2004. The Jaguars visit Green Bay on Sunday, October 28.
The Jaguars return home on Sunday, November 4 to face the Detroit Lions. The teams are meeting for only the fifth time with the Jaguars holding a 3-1 edge in the series. Four days later, the Jaguars welcome the Colts to EverBank Field on Thursday, November 8 for an 8:20 p.m. kickoff, the third time in the last five years the teams will meet on a Thursday night in Jacksonville.
Following a road game at Houston on Sunday, November 18, the Jaguars host Tennessee on Sunday, November 25. A stretch of four straight games against AFC East foes begins on Sunday, December 2 at Buffalo. The two teams are meeting for the sixth time in the last seven seasons with the Jaguars winning the last two meetings.
The New York Jets visit Jacksonville on Sunday, December 9. The Jaguars have won the previous three home games against the Jets. The Jaguars will play only their second regular season game at Miami on Sunday, December 16. The Jaguars won the only other game in Miami, 24-10, in 2006.
The Jaguars wrap up the home portion of their schedule on Sunday, December 23 against Super Bowl runner-up New England. The Patriots own a 5-0 mark against the Jaguars. It marks the 13th time in franchise history the club will play a participant from the previous Super Bowl in the regular season. The Jaguars close out the 2012 regular season schedule on the road at Tennessee on Sunday, December 30. It marks the sixth time in the last seven seasons the Jaguars finish on the road and 12th time in 17 seasons.