Jaguars Will Be on Display Nationally

The Jaguars will have supporting roles in The Michael Vick Show on Sunday. The announcement by Philadelphia Eagles' coach Andy Reid that Vick will start in Jacksonville instead of Kevin Kolb has added a lot of intrigue to the game.



It is uncertain whether it will be more difficult for the Jaguars to defend Vick than Kolb, who played well against them in their first preseason game.

Meanwhile, the Jaguars are looking to improve a defense that has be strafed three times in their last five games dating back to last year by Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Philip Rivers.

They combined for 11 touchdown passes against the Jaguars' defense and were sacked only once. Manning and Brady threw four touchdown passes and weren't sacked, and Rivers threw three and was sacked just once.

The Jaguars, though, insist they aren't as bad as they looked against the Chargers in a 38-13 loss.

"Guys were saying we feel we're better than we showed and I agree with that," coach Jack Del Rio said. "I feel like we're a better team than what we showed, but you get a chance to prove it every weekend and we didn't prove it (against the Chargers)."

The Jaguars have had trouble against pocket passers like Manning, Brady and Rivers. They often missed assignments in the secondary, for example, while covering Antonio Gates. He caught five passes, two for touchdowns, and even Del Rio was frustrated.

"You would think the No. 1 option on their offense would get plenty of attention," he said. "He was clearly in our plan, we just had some mental errors involved there and it's coverage that we've run a thousand times, but we busted it and we let him run free. Those kinds of things are difficult to deal with."

But it's a different type of game when Vick is scrambling around.

The key is to keep him in the pocket and not let him get outside the coverage.

So it will be a different kind of test for the Jaguars. Now the question is whether they will pass it.

SERIES HISTORY: 4th regular-season meeting. Jaguars lead series, 3-0. The teams last met in the regular season in 2006 when the Jaguars won, 13-6, as Fred Taylor rushed for 103 of the Jaguars 209 yards. The Jaguars also played in Philadelphia in the first preseason game and lost to the Eagles, 28-27. The Jaguars were missing five starters in that game -- Eugene Monroe, Eben Britton, Aaron Kampman, Daryl Smith and Tyson Alualu.


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