The Jacksonville Jaguars are hosting the Detroit Lions on Friday night at EverBank Field. It's the most important game of the preseason and one in which the starters will play into the third quarter. Will Blake Bortles and the rest of the Jaguars offense continue to move the ball well? Can the defense get pressure on the Lions quarterbacks?
We asked the Big Cat Country team what they thought "success" would look like at the end of Friday night's game. Here are their answers:
I want to see the continuation of the first team offense having sustained scoring drives. Getting a touchdown drive out of the first team would be great, but just the fact that they've had multiple long scoring drives through the first two games is a plus. Build on that. Defensively, get some pressure on the quarterback and I think it's about time we see a turnover.
Through the first two games, success to me was offensive efficiency and Blake Bortles' development. Now I'm on the other side of the ball. I need to see pressure. We're at Week 3 and opposing quarterbacks have seen very little pressure and just three sacks total. I need to see more from the edge rushers.
The biggest measure of success tonight would be to see the first team offense finally be able to punch the ball into the end zone, instead of having to settle for field goals all night like last week. Defensively, I want to see the secondary hold up against a potent one-two punch in Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. McCray is out, but the Jags starting cornerbacks played great last week against the New York Giants, and continuing this momentum as we get closer to the season could be big.
The Jaguars' first team offense has scored five times in six drives through two preseason games. Four of these five scoring drives have ended with just three points. To show progress, the Jaguars need touchdowns. It's going to be hard to throw the ball up without Julius Thomas, and it's going to be difficult to punch it in without Toby Gerhart. But if the Jaguars' first team offense can find some kind of route into the endzone, most will consider it a successful night.
I want to see a decrease in drops from the Jaguars receivers. Through two preseason games, the Jaguars have dropped passes on six different occasions, all of which could have been caught, extended drives, and ultimately led to more points on the board. Granted, it's the preseason, and these drops could just be fluky as the Jaguars receivers have gotten back in to playing mode. However, now that we are a couple games in, it's time for the Jaguars to shake off the rust and catch the football.