The Jaguars 2016 schedule is now public knowledge, which means the season of calculation and guesstimation is upon us. The thing is, it's April -- any conversation about potential wins and losses in 2016 holds about as much weight as a wet paper bag.
But hey, we have to start somewhere. Here are my predictions:
Sept. 11: vs. Green Bay Packers -- LOSS (0-1)
You can count on two things during opening weekend at Everbank -- an electric atmosphere, and plenty of Packers fans. But don't count on a victory.
Sept. 18: at San Diego Chargers -- WIN (1-1)
The Jaguars have matched up against the Chargers during each of the last three seasons. They've lost each contest. Fourth time's a charm.
Sept. 25: vs. Baltimore Ravens -- LOSS (1-2)
Another familiar match-up. A loss might seem like a kick in the gut here, but realistically, this game could go either way. Since the Jaguars stole the win last season, I'm going with the Ravens this season.
Oct. 2: vs. Indianapolis Colts (London) -- WIN (2-2)
Whether you like it or not, London is the Jaguars' second home. Gotta protect home field.
Oct. 9: Bye
The Jaguars have endured quite a few bye-week losses in the past. We'll see what 2016 brings.
Oct. 16: at Chicago Bears -- WIN (3-2)
Coming off of a London win and an early bye, I expect a healthy, rested Jaguars squad to win -- probably 25 or 6 to 4 -- in Chicago.
Oct. 23: vs. Oakland Raiders -- LOSS (3-3)
I know, I know. This one is tough. A vastly improved Raiders roster meets a win-streaking Jaguars team. Right now, I'm sticking with Del Rio sticking it to his old team.
Oct. 27: at Tennessee Titans (Thursday Night) -- WIN (4-3)
Come on, it's Thursday. Gus Bradley doesn't lose on Thursday. The Jaguars' winning record eight weeks in gives birth to a playoff fever around Jacksonville.
Nov. 6: at Kansas City Chiefs -- LOSS (4-4)
And just like that, the team is back at .500.
Nov. 13: vs. Houston Texans -- WIN (5-4)
The Jaguars get revenge for the year prior. Duval earns it's first home win of the season in mid-November.
Nov. 20: at Detroit Lions -- WIN (6-4)
A winning-streak re-appears as Blake Bortles beats Matthew Stafford in a Detroit shoot-out.
Nov. 27: at Buffalo Bills -- LOSS (6-5)
The Bills ride a cold, unforgiving home-field advantage to a win.
Dec. 4: vs. Denver Broncos -- LOSS (6-6)
The Jaguars hang tough for three quarters, unable to close out a home win against the reigning Super Bowl champs.
Dec. 11: vs. Minnesota Vikings -- LOSS (6-7)
Looking for a win when they need it most, the Jaguars fall short. Teddy Bridgewater finally gets revenge on former AAC archenemy, Blake Bortles.
Dec. 18: at Houston Texans -- LOSS (6-8)
Having lost three straight, the Jaguars snowball into a fourth disappointing outcome. The Texans take one step closer to the playoffs.
Dec. 24 (Saturday): vs. Tennessee Titans -- WIN (7-8)
The Titans gift the Jaguars with a big fat W during the season of giving.
Jan. 1: at Indianapolis Colts -- LOSS (7-9)
Trying to post a .500 record for the first time since 2010, the Jaguars fall just short on New Years Day.
These are my mid-April, before-the-draft, way-too-early, worthless 2016 predictions. Let us know what you think in the comment section below.