Thursday, August 14th, 8:00 p.m. EST
Kickoff Temperature: 66 degrees, 0 percent chance of precipitation
Line: Again, we stress the importance of seeking help if you have a gambling addiction which forces you to wager on preseason outcomes.
The Jaguars put their perfect preseason record on the line in The Windy City as they take on the Chicago Bears in front of a nationally televised audience. We’re going to go over all the things that matter in Thursday night’s exhibition tilt.
What To Look For
1. Can Blake Bortles continue his fine play? Bortles looked tremendous against the Tampa Bay backups. This week will be a tougher test and he’s expected to play a little more (in the second half according to Gus Bradley). Can Bortles continue to stay composed?
2. Will Chad Henne get into a rhythm? Henne looked all out of sorts in the Jaguars preseason opener and the offensive line certainly didn’t help him. This time around Chad will play the entire first half and the Jaguars would like to see him move those chains and score some points.
3. Can the D-line continue to dominate? The Jaguars defensive line looked like a Super Bowl unit against a pretty bad Buccaneers offensive line. It’s going to be a more difficult matchup this week against a much better offensive line in Chicago with better weaponry and a significantly better quarterback.
4. Can the Jaguars secondary matchup? Not to take anything away from the great Vincent Jackson and first-round pick Mike Evans, but they are nowhere near as good as the weapons that Chicago throws out. The Jaguars defenders will have their hands full with Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffrey and Martellus Bennett, as well as Matt Forte out of the backfield. This is a team which could be good enough to make a Super Bowl run and it should be an excellent challenge early on for the Jags to see where they are at.
5. Can somebody snap the ball accurately? Life is tough on an offensive lineman. When they do their job they largely go unnoticed. When a snap flies over the quarterback’s head, there’s a target on theirs. Especially if it happens twice. It’s Mike Brewster’s job to lose and he will have to snap the ball more effectively to hold off Jacques McClendon.