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The NFL schedule maker hates your team- Jaguars edition

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We have decided to take a 100% “tongue in cheek” look at how fans can perceive that the NFL hates their team because of what they did or did not schedule for the 2018 season that was released Thursday night.

And now, the Jaguars edition.

Obviously, it was a great season in 2017, where the Jags surprisingly made the playoffs by winning the AFC South and then won two playoff games to reach the AFC Championship game.

There is optimism everywhere in North Florida for this season and the Jaguars showed off Thursday that they have also changed their uniform color schemes and gone back to their traditional helmet.

Then, as we wrote, came the hope that the NFL would give the Jaguars several prime time games this season, especially with home match-ups against the Patriots and the Steelers, as well as some other attractive games.

Alas, that didn’t happen, and what’s more, some other things that did happen make Jacksonville fans shake their head, too.

Like for example, a team that won their division and playoff games is opening on the road at one of the worst teams in the NFL in 2017, the Giants. That’s the week one opponent and location. We feel the simmering anger.

Also, the schedule maker has the Jaguars playing only one division game in the first seven (Titans at home week three). And, after they host Marcus Mariota and Tennessee, the Jags will only play one game at TIAA Bank Field over the next six weeks. This is because their October 28th “home game” is in London with the Eagles.

Could get ugly, Jaguars fans.

Back to the prime time argument for games. Here’s Jaguars radio play by play man Frank Frangie tweeting Friday morning the frustration that many have with the NFL for not rewarding Jacksonville’s 2017 enough:

Bottom line is Jacksonville is one of the smaller television markets in the league and their last 3-4 appearances on Monday Night Football were some of the lowest rated games since ESPN began televising in 2006.

Further, the Jaguars don’t have a marquee quarterback like all of the other teams Frank listed do. Okay, maybe Kirk Cousins isn’t “marquee enough,” but he’s rich now ($80+ million rich) and the Vikings made the playoffs last year, too.

Still, only two prime time games (for now) against the Steelers and the road game with the Titans December, don’t seem like enough. The NFL could also “flex” the Jaguars-Dolphins week 16 game to Saturday night, also. We’ll see, if they do.

And, finally, the NFL has put the Jags on the road for three of the final four weeks, where the playoffs, the division race, etc. could be on the line, again, just like 2017.

Doesn’t seem fair for the defending AFC South champs, does it?!?

Does the NFL just not like the Jaguars, or did it just work out this way? (*wink*wink)

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