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Jaguars’ schedule set; NFL draft being held next week

The Jacksonville Jaguars will host Green Bay in the season opener on Sunday, Sept. 11, during the NFL’s kickoff weekend.

The Jaguars are 11-10 on kickoff weekend will be seeking their first season-opening win since 2011. Jacksonville is 7-5 when opening the season at home. The Jaguars are 2-3 all-time against the Packers and will be seeking their first win against Green Bay since 2004.

Jacksonville is scheduled to play six games against playoff teams from 2015: Green Bay, Kansas City, Denver, Minnesota and Houston (twice). Three of those five teams made it to the divisional rounds (Green Bay, Kansas City and Denver), with Denver advancing on to win the Super Bowl over Carolina.

Some highlights from the just released 2016-17 schedule:

LOOKING FOR FIRST IN SD: The Jaguars visit San Diego on Sept. 18 to face the Chargers for the second time in the past three seasons. Jacksonville is currently 0-3 in San Diego. The Jaguars are 2-10 when playing games in the Pacific Time Zone.

LONDON CALLING AGAIN: The Jaguars will face the AFC South rival Indianapolis in their first divisional matchup overseas 2016. For the fourth season in a row, the bye week immediately follows Jacksonville’s game in London.

JAGUARS IN PRIME TIME: Thursday Night Football on Oct. 27 will feature the Jaguars and Tennessee. The Jaguars own a 4-5 overall record on Thursday night; however, Gus Bradley is 3-0 on Thursday night since taking over as the team’s head coach in 2013.

SUPER BOWL CHAMPS IN THE HOUSE: The Jaguars will face Denver for the 10th time in the regular season when the defending Super Bowl champion Broncos come to Jacksonville Dec. 4. Denver leads the series, 5-4.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS: The Jaguars will play on Christmas Eve for the first time since 2011 when they host the Titans. Jacksonville owns a 2-2 record on Christmas Eve. The have never hosted a Saturday game in the team’s history. On New Year’s Day the Jaguars travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts.

DRAFT NOTES: The National Football League is promising the NFL Draft will be bigger and better when it returns to Chicago next week. Street closures in the Windy City Monday signal preparation for the NFL Draft Town Fan Festival on April 28 – April 30.

Depending on what you read and who you believe the Jaguars are looking at defensive end Joey Bosa out of Ohio State and UCLA linebacker Myles Jack with their No. 5 first round pick.

Some feel Jack to be the better scheme fit at a position of need. The Jaguars have already brought Jack in for a pre-draft visit. Now Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley and G.M. Dave Caldwell are on their way to L.A. to meet with Jack, according to NFL Network’s Jeff Darlington. All six NFL Media mock drafts project him as a top-10 choice.

A recent mock draft has the Jaguars taking back-to-back linebackers with their first two picks in the draft. The Jaguars select Jack fifth and then select Georgia’s Leonard Floyd in the second round with the 38th overall choice.

JAGUARS RELEASE BROWN: The Jaguars have released seventh-year safety Sergio Brown. Brown, 27, signed with Jacksonville as an unrestricted free agent on March 11, 2015, and appeared in 15 games with four starts during the 2015 season. Brown previously spent time with New England and Indianapolis before joining Jacksonville.

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