One year ago the Jaguars opened their season on the road against the Tennessee Titans. The Jaguars were coming off an impressive season and appeared to get better in the off-season with the signing of WR Jerry Porter and CB Drayton Florence. The team also spent their first two draft picks on pass-rushing specialists to improve one of their weak spots from 2007.
Many analysts predicted the Jags would finally overtake Indianapolis for the top spot in the AFC South. Some analysts, including Peter King, predicted the Jaguars would bring the Lombardi trophy to Jacksonville.
A disappointing 5-11 season left many fans scratching their heads and calling out King for jinxing them.
The season opened in Tennessee with Fred Taylor getting mauled for a 2-yard loss and David Garrard getting chased out of the pocket and sacked on the very next play. Garrard would go on to get sacked 6 more times in that game. When he wasn't sacked, he barely had enough time to find a receiver. When he did have time, they weren't getting open. The Jaguars finished that game with a dismal 33 rushing yards and David Garrard threw nearly as many interceptions (2) as he did in all of 2007 (3).
On Sunday, the Jaguars will open the season against an opponent other than Tennessee for the first time since 2006. That opponent is the Marvin Harrison-less, Tony Dungy-less, Bob Sanders-less Indianapolis Colts. The Colts will be facing a Jaguars team without many of the familiar faces they've seen in the past, most notably: Fred Taylor, Matt Jones, Reggie Williams, Paul Spicer and Mike Peterson.
The 2008 season-opener against Tennessee proved to set the stage for the rest of the season. The 2009 season-opener against the Colts likely will too.