August 23, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith (82) is tackled following a catch by Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback William Middleton (29) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE
Welp. Uhhh.... At least it's just preseason?
While the offense wasn't horrible tonight for the Jaguars, it certainly wasn't nearly as impressive as it was in each of the first two weeks of the preseason. Blaine Gabbert didn't regress into the shell of his former self, but the lack of a deep threat for the Jaguars was evident and most of the receivers struggled to get open for most of the night, although Justin Blackmon was a consistent target in the first half.
Defensively, though, is where the Jaguars really broke down, allowing nearly 600 yards of total offense to the Ravens offense, struggling to stop them at all times whether it was Joe Flacco or Tyrod Taylor at the helm. Most concerning was the poor tackling by the team and the inability to match up with the speedy receivers of the Ravens, most notably Torrey Smith who finished with eight receptions for 103 yards.
Yes, it's just preseason and yes, the Jaguars were missing some defensive starters, including Derek Cox and Daryl Smith, but the team clearly has some things that Mel Tucker will want to work on before the regular season begins against the Vikings on Sept. 9. Until then, try to take a deep breath and realize this was not a team that was ever going to go undefeated in the first place.