Real NFL football started on Thursday Night with the Green Bay Packers taking on the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field and boy was it a football game. Both the Packers and the Bears offenses got off to lethargic starts that quickly became evident it wasn’t just great defensive play as the reason for the slop fest.
I don’t know if it was the primary reason, but it’s worth noting that Aaron Rodgers didn’t play a snap in the 2019 NFL preseason and Mitch Trubisky didn’t throw a pass. Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone didn’t go to that extreme, but it was close as Nick Foles threw a total of 10 passes in the preseason.
It was clear Thursday Night’s game was a good chunk of two quarterbacks knocking off the live-speed rust and one quarterback not being good enough to dig himself out of a hole. I can’t help but admit watching that game made me a little worried about Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Unlike the Jaguars, the Chiefs played a lot of their players in the preseason and while Patrick Mahomes only attempted nine more passes than Nick Foles, he played in three of the four games. The Jaguars have taken a new stance that a lot of teams do and sat most of their star players during the preseason games, upping practice reps to make up the difference, but it remains to be seen if it was the smart play.
I mean, it took Aaron Rodgers about a quarter to get his bearings while bouncing passes in the dirt. I have no idea how much of an impact it will be for the Jaguars offense, but as I mentioned I couldn’t help but think about that as I watched Trubisky do his best Blake Bortles impression passing to Allen Robinson.