The Jacksonville Jaguars had an 8-point lead entering the fourth quarter Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday night, but the team again had a rough finish to a preseason game, losing 31-24. However, the Jaguars certainly looked like a functional team, despite missing their starting quarterback, Blaine Gabbert.
With Chad Henne leading the way for the Jaguars, the team marched 90 yards on the opening drive to take a 7-0 lead. While Henne struggled during the remainder of his time on the field, strong play from the Jaguars defense and 105 yards rushing for Jordan Todman helped the Jaguars to score 24 points, which is more points than they scored in 14 games in 2012.
On defense, the Jaguars managed to consistently penetrate through the middle of the Philadelphia offensive line and were able to force three turnovers. Rookie cornerback Dwayne Gratz also managed to record his second interception of the preseason, bringing in an errant pass from Michael Vick.
The Jaguars were able to again have a relatively injury-free preseason game with the exception of a leg injury for starting guard Will Rackley. While they are 0-3 in the preseason through three games, the team hasn't looked bad in any of their three games and the first-team units had a very solid showing.