PRIME TIME IN THE SUNSHINE STATE: The Jaguars will play in their 39th prime-time game in the franchise's 26-season history in Week 3 on Thursday Night Football against Miami. Jacksonville has a 18-20 record in such contests, including a 5-7 record on Thursday Night Football. This season marks the second time the Jaguars will play Miami in a prime-time game and the first time the Jaguars will play the Dolphins on Thursday Night Football. The Jaguars defeated the Dolphins, 28-21, on Monday Night Football on Oct. 12, 1998. Prior to this season's game against the Dolphins, the Jaguars' last five games on Thursday Night Football were against the Titans.
Jacksonville's game against Miami marks the Jaguars' 16th regular season intrastate game in franchise history. Jacksonville is 8-7 in games against Miami and Tampa Bay through their first 25 seasons, including a 4-4 record against the Dolphins.
SUCCESSFUL IN SEPTEMBER: The Jaguars will play three games in September in 2020, including two games at home and two games against AFC South opponents. During Head Coach Doug Marrone's three-year tenure with the Jaguars, Jacksonville is 7-4 in the month of September, including 4-3 at home. In Jacksonville's most recent September game (Sept. 29 at Denver), QB Gardner Minshew II led his first career game-winning drive in a 26-24 victory.
GREAT AGAINST THE AFC NORTH: The Jaguars will face each team from the AFC North in 2020 for the first time since 2017.
Since Doug Marrone was named the Jaguars' head coach in January 2017, Jacksonville is 6-1 against the AFC North with a +95-point differential, including the postseason. In franchise history, the Jaguars are 49-35 in regular season games against AFC North opponents, the team's best mark against any division. From 1995-2001, the Jaguars were in the AFC Central with the Browns, Bengals and Steelers. The Jaguars last traveled to Cincinnati in Week 7 of the 2019 season, which resulted in a 27-17 win, and last visited M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore in 2015, which the Jaguars won, 22-20, on a 53-yard game-winning FG from K Jason Myers as time expired.
The Jaguars visit the Bengals in Week 4, host the Steelers and Browns in back-to-back weeks, 11 and 12, respectively, and travel to Baltimore in Week 15.
NFC NORTH NUMBERS: The Jaguars will face each member of the NFC North in 2020 for the first time since the 2016 season. Jacksonville has a 9-16 record against the division with its latest win coming against Chicago (17-16 in 2016 at Soldier Field).
The Jaguars will host the Lions on Oct. 18. Jacksonville is slated to make its first trip to Lambeau Field since 2012 to face Green Bay in Week 10, while the Jaguars will make their first trip to U.S. Bank Stadium for a regular season game since the venue opened in 2016 to face the Vikings on Dec. 6. The Bears will visit TIAA Bank Field on Dec. 27 for the first time in eight years in the Jaguars' regular season home finale.
INDY GIVEN SUNDAY: Jacksonville split the season series against Indianapolis for the second consecutive season in 2019 and is 4-2 against Indianapolis since *Doug Marrone *was named the Jaguars head coach in January 2017. In Week 17 of the 2019 season, the Jaguars defeated the Colts, 38-20, at TIAA Bank Field.
The Jaguars' 2020 season is book-ended by matchups against the Colts – at home in Week 1 and in Indianapolis in Week 17. The 2020 season marks the second time in franchise history the Jaguars will open and close their season by playing the same team (Indianapolis, 2002). The Jaguars will start and end their season on Sept. 13 and Jan. 3, respectively, the latest dates the Jaguars have started and finished the regular season since 2015.
CITY OF ANGELS: The Jaguars will make their first-ever trip to the Los Angeles area when they travel to face the Chargers in Week 8, in the first year of play in the 70,240-seat SoFi Stadium. Jacksonville has split the last two games in the series against the Chargers, with its last win coming in a 20-17 overtime thriller in 2017. K Josh Lambo booted the game-tying FG with 3 seconds remaining in regulation and converted on the game-winner with 3:12 left in overtime.
FAMILIAR FACES: Several members of the 2020 free agent class will face their old teams this season. TE Tyler Eifert, who was originally drafted by the Bengals in the first round of the 2013 draft, posted 2,152 receiving yards and 24 TDs during his eight-year career in the Queen City and will return to Cincinnati in Week 4 (Oct. 4) to face his former club.
LB Joe Schobert will play his former team when the Jaguars host the Browns in Week 12 (Nov. 29). Schobert was drafted in the fourth round of the 2016 draft by Cleveland, where he played his first four professional seasons, appearing in 61 games and totaling 408 tackles and six INTs.
CB Rashaan Melvin will play against his former team when the Jaguars host the Lions in Week 6 (Oct. 18). Melvin played in 13 games with 12 starts at CB for Detroit in 2019, tallying 68 tackles and 11 passes defensed.
HOMETOWN KIDS: Several members of the Jaguars rookie class will return to their hometowns in 2020.
First-round DE/LB K'Lavon Chaisson's homecoming will take place in Week 5 when the Jaguars travel to Houston to face the Texans. Third-round DT DaVon Hamilton (Pickerington, Ohio) and fourth-round CB Josiah Scott (Hamilton, Ohio) will play in front of family and friends when the team plays in Cincinnati against the Bengals on Oct. 4. Seventh-round DB/RS Chris Claybrooks will return to his hometown of Nashville when Jacksonville travels to Tennessee on Sept. 20.
SLATE FEATURES FIVE POSTSEASON TEAMS FROM LAST SEASON: Five of the Jaguars' 2020 opponents (Baltimore, Houston, Green Bay, Tennessee and Minnesota) qualified for the postseason last year, including three division winners (Baltimore, Houston and Green Bay).