Jacksonville Jaguars: Soft Schedule Could Mean Big Year

David NelsonCorrespondent IIIApril 14, 2009

CHICAGO - DECEMBER 07: David Garrard #9 of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks for a receiver against the Chicago Bears on December 7, 2008 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Jaguars 23-10. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

With the release of the regular season schedule today, the Jacksonville Jaguars could not be happier.

Coming off of a season in which they had a rather difficult schedule, the Jaguars look to be in prime position for bouncing back from a 5-11 season.

With the usual divisional opponents who they play twice a year, (Titans, Colts, and Texans) the Jaguars face only a few teams that could be considered a major threat.  Those teams would be last year's runner-up, the Arizona Cardinals, and a week 16 matchup against the New England Patriots

The Cardinals showed they can play with the best of them, and will always be scary as long as Larry Fitzgerald is on the team.

The Patriots, assuming a healthy Tom Brady, are still a fairly dominating team and if the Jaguars want to contend with them they need to make some moves to upgrade the receiving corps and defensive backfield.  We all saw what Tom Brady did against them two years ago in the playoffs, and that was not a pretty sight.

The rest of the schedule includes the Seahawks, Rams, Chiefs, Jets, Bills, 49ers, Dolphins, and Browns

Although they are coming off a nicely played season, the Dolphins still should not be considered a great team.  Same with the Jets, who still have unresolved issues at quarterback. 

The Seahawks, Rams, and Chiefs are all teams picking in the top five in this year's NFL draft for similar reasons, they all stink. 

The Chiefs have showed some life this off season in the moves they have made, however, Matt Cassel isn't all that scary of a quarterback. Now that he is outside of the Patriots system, he will not be more than an average player. 

The Bills have possibly the most potential this year out of all those teams.  Terrell Owens solidifies a tremendous receiving corps.  Owens and Evans are going to tear apart defensive backfields all year long.

The 49ers could improve drastically if they can grab Mark Sanchez in the draft, but even so, they still are a few players short of being a playoff contender.

The Jaguars need to improve in some places from this point until the end of the off season, most notably at the wide receiving position, but this is definitely a team who could jump back into double digit wins.

If the Jaguars can play their division tough and get some hard fought wins, then they have a great shot at getting back to the playoffs.