2012 Jaguars: A schedule built to succeed:

Happy Valentines Day to all of my BCC family! Now I know all of you were smart enough to already have gifts for your significant others already (and not just stop by the side of the road and pick up flowers and chocolates from "that guy with the deals") right? LOL... good job! Now that that pending argument has been postponed until your Annual Anniversary Walmart Bonanza we can focus back on what really matters; Jaguars football!

Thanks to my friend Ryan Robinson over at Jaguars.com for breaking down our 2012 Jacksonville Jaguar opponents here. After the jump we'll discuss what an early, but realistic view of our Jaguars should be for this upcoming season.

HOME GAMES

2011 RECORD

Houston Texans*

10-6

Indianapolis Colts

2-14

Tennessee Titans

9-7

New England Patriots*

13-3

New York Jets

8-8

Cincinnati Bengals*

9-7

Chicago Bears

8-8

Detroit Lions*

10-6

AWAY GAMES

2011 RECORD

Buffalo Bills

6-10

Miami Dolphins

6-10

Oakland Raiders

8-8

Green Bay Packers*

15-1

Minnesota Vikings

3-13

Houston Texans*

10-6

Indianapolis Colts

2-14

Tennessee Titans

9-7

*Advanced to 2011 postseason

Now analyzing this schedule will come down to three things:

1) How do you think the Jaguars will progress and grow as a team from last season.

2) How do you think the opponents will improve or worsen.

3) The overrated/underrated factor (was a playoff team not a true playoff caliber team/did a non-playoff team have a treacherous schedule?)

I truly believe that our entire season rests on what occurs in free agency more than the draft. Seeing as Gene Smith has not been known for his draft acumen for offensive players, it's not to much to assume that this pre-draft offseason will decide our season before it even starts.

Out of this schedule I can truly see the Jags going 9-7, potentially 10-6 if they win the games that they are supposed to win. I can see us splitting Houston due to inter-conference knowledge, beating Indy twice due to most rookies not generally winning out of the gate without a great D, splitting with the Titans, beating the aging Jets, the overrated Bengals, and the discombobulated Bears. The Bills, Raiders, and Vikings should be victories, with the Dolphins being the major wildcard. The only games I see as "write them in" losses are: The Patriots, Packers, and Lions.

10-6 or 9-7 is definitely possible but it falls on the shoulders of two individuals: Blaine Gabbert and Gene Smith. But because I'm a Jaguars fanatic I ask you my BCC family, am I on the wild paoti this AM? What do you think lies in our future?

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