The Jacksonville Jaguars and Green Bay Packers are (finally) getting the regular season under way in Duval. EverBank Field is prepped, the wine is in the bag, Duval and Bryan is seeing the first cars parking in the lot, and the Packers fans from Orange Park are still asleep.
Will Blake Bortles and the offense start fast? How does the T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory running back rotation look? Was the preseason a fluke, or will Luke Joeckel disappoint at left guard? How will a defense featuring more new players than returning ones play together?
Grab some beers, take a shot of Fireball on the ice luge, and let's do this, Jacksonville.
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How to watch the game
4:46 PM: 12-37.
4:15 PM: This is the play. You had a Packers timeout to think about it and this is the play.
This is the play call on 4th-and-short? A bubble to Allen Hurns? Why? https://t.co/5cZTNXiWkH— Big Cat Country (@BigCatCountry) September 11, 2016
4:10 PM: The Packers intercepted but then a flag gives the Jaguars a first down and the ball back! I'm throwing up!
4:09 PM: Luke Joeckel called for a holding penalty. Kind of suspect, tbh.
4:02 PM: Holy crap our defense got Aaron Rodgers off the field and now Blake Bortles has the ball with a four-point deficit.
STRATEGICALLY TIMED BLITZ RESULTS IN AARON RODGERS INCOMPLETION AND JAGUARS BALL https://t.co/OrEwVNzrSc— Big Cat Country (@BigCatCountry) September 11, 2016
3:44 PM: THE JAGUARS CONVERTED ANOTHER FOURTH DOWN LOL WHAT
3:25 PM: Allen Robinson has gotten three or four pass interference no-calls. It's getting comical at this point.
3:00 PM: Randall Cobb down. Dang, hate to see that.
2:50 PM: I think we're seeing the best possible (realistic) scenario from this Jaguars team on both sides of the ball right now. The pass rush is awful and the defensive backs are carrying them. If not for a supernatural throw by Aaron Rodgers, the Jaguars are winning. On offense, Blake is cooking and spreading the ball around. The running game and offensive line are good enough. Brad Nortman is pinning the ball deep and the return game gave us a spark when we needed it. And Gus Bradley hasn't been a liability. In fact, he's made several in-game decisions that made this team better. (That's weird to type.)
2:35 PM: After going up with less than two minutes in the first half, they allow a supernatural throw by Aaron Rodgers there. 17-14 at halftime.
2:00 PM: GUS IS GOING FOR IT ON FOURTH DOWN AND HE GOT IT.
1:46 PM: Kelvin Beachum is winning overall against Clay Matthews. Giving Blake a ton of time.
1:37 PM: T.J. YELDON TOUCHDOWN! Great interior blocking by Luke Joeckel (what?) and Brandon Linder. Game is tied 7-7.
TJ YELDON TD https://t.co/GiWzIV4OOu— 8-8 Zach (@zach_goodall) September 11, 2016
1:34 PM: Marcedes Lewis lives! He just went for a 38-yard catch-and-run. That catch alone accounts for nearly 20% of his yards from all of last year.
1:18 PM: Aaron Rodgers runs it in for the opening touchdown of the year. Influx of pass rushers though.
12:30 PM: lol
Ngakoue taking first-team snaps at DE instead of Fowler.— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) September 11, 2016
11:40 AM: Jaguars inactives for the Packers are: QB Brandon Allen, DB Josh Johnson, RB Chris Ivory, OL Chris Reed, WR Bryan Walters, DE Tyson Alualu, and DE Chris Smith. Arrelious Benn gets the nod as the No. 5 receiver. (Nice.)
11:28 AM: With Chris Ivory out, T.J. Yeldon gets the start and will get the lion's share of snaps. Blake Bortles, Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, and Julius Thomas will be even more important today.
.@Jaguars RB Chris Ivory was admitted to the hospital this morning with a general medical issue and is inactive for today's game vs. Packers— Tad Dickman (@Tdickman89) September 11, 2016
10:00 AM: Hey, we fixed the Bud Light promo thing!
9:17 AM: Well then.
Who's winning tomorrow?— Big Cat Country (@BigCatCountry) September 11, 2016
9:12 AM: *hands over entire family's wallet*
8:00 AM: Why don't you listen to our Jaguars vs. Packers preview of #KeepChoppinWood while you tailgate?