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JAGUARS: 2019 NFL Schedule Released; Chiefs Open Home Slate

FILE PHOTO By NANCY BEECHER/Florida Sports Wire

The Jacksonville Jaguars have unveiled their 2019 preseason and regular season schedule. The 2019 season marks the Jaguars’ 25th season and the NFL’s 100th anniversary.

The Jaguars’ social and digital platforms will feature a plethora of content commemorating the team’s silver season, including the introduction of the All-25 Team, which features the top 25 Jaguars in franchise history, as voted on by members of the local media who have covered the team through its first 25 seasons.

The Jaguars will host the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1, marking the 14th time in franchise history the team will open the season at home and the first time since Doug Marrone was named the team’s head coach in January 2017. Jacksonville is 13-11 all-time in season openers, including a 7-6 record at home.

Over the last two seasons, the Jaguars are 2-0 in season openers under Marrone. This marks the first time the Jaguars have opened the season at home since 2016 and the second time they have opened the season at home against the Chiefs (2013).

With a victory over Kansas City in Week 1, the Jaguars will have won three consecutive season openers for the first time since 2004-06. For the second year in a row, the Jaguars will host the NFL’s reigning MVP in their home opener – Tom Brady in 2018 and Patrick Mahomes in 2019.

In 2018, the Jaguars defeated the Patriots, 31-20, in Week 2. The Jaguars are 6-6 in 12 regular season games against the Chiefs, including 4-2 at home.

The Jaguars host the Titans for Thursday Night Football in Week 3 on Sept. 19 in the team’s first divisional game of the year.

The matchup marks the fifth time in the last six seasons in which the AFC South rivals will compete on Thursday Night Football, with the Jaguars holding a 2-0 record in such games at TIAA Bank Field. Overall, Jacksonville has won three of their last five games played on Thursday night, including four consecutive appearances at home.

The Week 3 matchup on Thursday Night Football marks Jacksonville’s first prime-time, regular-season home game since 2015. Jacksonville has played in 37 nationally-televised prime-time games in the franchise’s 24-season history, posting a 17-20 record in those contests, including a 15-12 mark at home in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville’s Week 3 matchup versus Tennessee marks the first time the Jaguars have played on Thursday Night Football in September and the second-earliest prime-time game in franchise history (Week 2, 2006, vs. Pittsburgh).

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