This schedule shows you what the NFL thinks of this franchise. And the answer is not much.
And they really have no reason to expect the Jaguars to be anything but awful.
I mean, a small market team that went 3-13 isn't going to get much. The NFL dumped the requirement that every team get a national game.
Clearly they think Oakland is going to be the team to watch. They have 6 national audience games, and another 3-4 where they will be shown to about 80% of the country or more.
I think even if they Jags went 7-9 they'd get one or two national games, plus with the ratings dive last year the NFL will be looking hard at Thursday night games.
Putting aside the TV impact, it's not a bad schedule.
- They leave for London from Jacksonville
- The Jets and Steelers will be tough, back to back. Not that I expect the Jets to be great, but a road game after London won't be easy. I realize that's sort of the way it has to be (Home Week 2, "Home" Week 3, so it would be three in a row at home). Then the Steelers are always good at home.
- Week 6 through the end is about as easy of a lineup as can be expected given the teams they have to play. You can't pick the teams, but the arrangement is very much in their favor.
From a ticket sales perspective, it's REALLY in their favor in my opinion:
- Only one brutal hot game (Week 2 1PM)
- The October game is a 4PM
- Away on Thanksgiving and Christmas - always a tough weekend to get people to come out.