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Jaguars lose 12-8 in nationally televised disaster to Buccaneers

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

In a battle of Floridian teams, the Jacksonville Jaguars hoped they could shine on the national stage vs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Jaguars would start off their first drive with a first down, on a throw from Blake Bortles to Shane Wynn. However, the Jaguars would be stalled and forced to punt, as Bortles slightly overthrew Allen Robinson on third down.

The Buccaneers would get off to a good start quickly, as Jameis Winston lead the team down the field with ease. The drive would be capped off by a 2-yard touchdown run by Doug Martin. The Buccaneers kicking struggles would continue though, as Calais Campbell would block Nick Folks extra point attempt, notching the score at 6-0.

After a Jaguars three and out on their next drive, the Buccaneers would continue their success on offense, highlighted by a 21-yard pass from Winston to Mike Evans. The Buccaneers drive would stall however, as Folk would make a 35-yard field goal, extending the Buccaneers lead to 9-0.

Once again, the Jaguars would go three and out, as Bortles would severely under throw an open Allen Robinson on a deep route.

The following Buccaneers drive would lead them 50 yards down the field, but they would once again have to settle for a field goal. Winston appeared to throw an interception in a desperation throw to Barry Church to end the drive. However, the referees would rule him down on the throw, as Sheldon Day was credited with the sack. The Buccaneers would extend the lead to 12-0 with a field goal by Folk.

The Jaguars finally got passed the midfield mark on their next drive, but they were once again stalled, as a sack by Lavonte David put the Jaguars in a difficult third-and-17.

The Buccaners would go three and out on their next drive, as the Jaguars would finally some life in what would come next. Training camp standout Keelan Cole would give the Jaguars their first burst of energy, with a 31 yard punt return to the Buccaneers 23-yard line.

Chad Henne would come in with the starters, and on would throw an impressive throw in the end-zone to Keelan Cole.  Unfortunately, Cole would drop the pass in the end zone. Robinson would also drop a ball on the drive, as the Jaguars had to settle for a field goal. Jason Myers would kick a knuckle ball that would go wide left. This would make his third missed field goal of the preseason.

The Buccaneers would start the 2nd half with the ball, looking to extend their lead. Ryan Fitzpatrick would come in, and do what he does best. On a 1st and 10 from the Jaguars 43-yard line, Fitzpatrick would throw an awful ball downfield to Chris Godwin, as Jarrod Wilson would come down with the interception.

Taking over at their own 1-yard line, the Jaguars would put together their most competent drive of the game. The Jaguars would convert on 3rd down three times in a row. However, the 4th time would not be a charm, as Henne would be sacked for an 8-yard loss.

The Buccaneers would follow that drive with a long 15-play, 51-yard drive that would end in a field goal attempt. Folk's struggles would continue, as he would miss the 47 yard field goal.

Brandon Allen would come in the game, as he would find immediate success with two straight completions to Dede Westbrook for 24 and 20 yards. Allen would cap off the drive with touchdown pass to rookie fullback Marquez Williams, but Myers would miss the extra point attempt, only cutting the lead to 12-6.

After another Buccaneers punt, Allen would lead another impressive drive down the field for the Jaguars. Allen would connect with Dede Westbrook two more times, and get the Jaguars down to the Buccaneers 2 yard line. The Jaguars would turn it over on downs, as they would fail to convert on three straight pass plays.

The Buccaneers would go three and out, and then purposefully take a safety to notch the score at 12-8.

The Jaguars would fall to the Buccaneers 12-8, and fall to 1-1 in the preseason.

The Jaguars play the Carolina Panthers next Thursday night.

It is going to be a long season, folks.