2022 NFL schedule released: Jaguars opponents, previews, full list of regular season schedule teams

The Jaguars had a season to forget in 2021. Urban Meyer’s hire blew up in the franchise’s face and they once again fell to the No. 1 overall pick as the league’s worst team. That said, there’s room for optimism now that Doug Pederson is at the helm and the team has spent a lot of money in free agency to continue to build the roster around Trevor Lawrence.

As Jacksonville prepares for what they hope will be a more productive season, we’ll take a look at their 2022 opponents and preview the 18-week regular season schedule (once announced):

2022 opponents

Cowboys: Dallas is once again the favorite to exit the NFC East. This offseason, they traded Amari Cooper to the Browns, but still have a solid collection of weapons offensively for quarterback Dak Prescott. The best piece of this Cowboys club, however, is defense. Micah Parsons was dominant in his rookie season and should help lead this defense among the best units in the NFL.

Giants: New York has a new leader in head coach Brian Daboll. The former Bills OC is expected to raise the Giants’ offensive ceiling and the team hopes he will have a similar impact on Daniel Jones as he did on Josh Allen at Buffalo. New York is also coming off a strong performance in the NFL Draft where they took pass rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux and offensive tackle Evan Neal in the first round.

Crows: The most important thing for Baltimore is health. They were shattered by injuries last season and missed the playoffs because of it. Now the secondary is back in full force, as is Lamar Jackson, so they should once again be among the top contenders in the AFC, especially after a stellar draft.

Broncos: Denver finally has a top quarterback after trading for Russell Wilson this offseason. This blockbuster has them as one of the best teams in the conference, but will face off in a fiercely competitive AFC West. In addition to Wilson raising the offensive ceiling, Denver’s defense is a rising unit led by sophomore cornerback Patrick Surtain II.

Raiders: Las Vegas has a new head coach in Josh McDaniels and he’ll have a whole team to work with as he heads into his first season. This offseason, the Raiders haven’t been shy about making a few seismic moves in the roster, including the mega-trade for receiver Davante Adams and the signing of setter Chandler Jones. While the AFC West will be a glove, the Raiders could surprise some teams in 2022.

Texas: Houston was finally able to trade Deshaun Watson this offseason and the franchise is set to enter its final chapter under new head coach Lovie Smith. With the Texans likely eyeing another year of rebuilding, Davis Mills has shown enough flashes in his rookie campaign to make him an interesting quarterback to watch next season.

Foals: The Colts are perhaps the NFL’s biggest Super Bowl sleeper. They already had a top-10 defense last year and added passing thrower Yannick Ngakoue and cornerback Stephon Gilmore this offseason. Not only that, but they traded Carson Wentz for Matt Ryan, giving them a massive upgrade at quarterback. They are favorites to win the AFC South and could be among the best teams in the conference by mid-season.

Titans: Tennessee are in an interesting position entering 2022. They were the No. 1 seed a year ago, but poor play by Ryan Tannehill proved to be their playoff demise. This offseason, they traded star receiver AJ Brown after failing to extend him and drafted quarterback Malik Willis in the third round. If the Titans get off to a slow start in 2022, it will be fascinating to see if Willis finds his way onto the court at some point.

Commanders: Commanders have a new name and a new quarterback. Washington traded for Carson Wentz and is expected to be the Week 1 starter. While they may have a new face under center, Wentz isn’t exactly instilling a ton of confidence that Commanders will suddenly face in the NFC East, despite a few strong pieces around him on both sides of the ball.

Jets: The Jets are laying an extremely solid foundation as general manager Joe Douglas continues to rebuild the team. They found aces in the NFL Draft, selecting players like corner “Sauce” Gardner, wide receiver Garrett Wilson, passing thrower Jermaine Johnson and running back Breece Hall. They will all be key elements for Robert Saleh’s club, but the development of quarterback Zach Wilson as he enters Year 2 will be the biggest storyline to follow with Gang Green.

The Lions: They may have finished 3-13-1 last year, but the Lions were a hard-nosed team that proved tough every week. As Dan Campbell enters his second year as head coach, Detroit added some top-notch draft plays by taking pass-rusher Aidan Hutchinson and wide receiver Jameson Williams to No. 2 and No. 12 overall, respectfully.

Chiefs: Kansas City left safety Tryann Mathieu and wide receiver Tyreek Hill this offseason. They replaced those two with the likes of safety Justin Reid along with pass-seekers JuJu Smith-Schuster and rookie Skyy Moore. Despite these big-name departures, the Chiefs are still among the betting favorites to win the Super Bowl in 2022 thanks to Patrick Mahomes still lining up under center and Andy Reid on the sidelines.

Chargers: LA made big improvements to the defense this offseason, trading for linebacker Khalil Mack and signing corner JC Jackson in free agency. Getting high-level play from the defense will make life easier for quarterback Justin Herbert on the offensive side as the Chargers look to compete in a highly competitive division.

Eagles : Philadelphia sent shockwaves through the NFL when they traded for AJ Brown in the draft. Not only did they improve the offense around quarterback Jalen Hurts with this trade, but they also improved the defense by selecting defensive tackle Jordan Davis in the first round. If this Eagles roster reaches its ceiling, they could find themselves at the top of the division when the season is said and done.

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October 30 9:30 a.m. ET ESPN+


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