What We Learned Against The Bears

The scoreboard says the Jaguars lost, but when the starters left the game they were on top. We discuss how some of our pre game questions were answered on Thursday night.

The final score read 20-19 Chicago, but the Jaguars have plenty to feel good about after their Week 2 preseason game against the Bears. Find out the results of our “What To Look For”.

What We Learned Against Chicago

1. Will Blake Bortles continue his fine play?

One word answer- absolutely. Bortles one-upped his performance from Week 1 as he completed 11 of 17 tosses for 160 yards and showed pin-point accuracy, elite arm strength and an ability to get his team into the correct plays. Bortles dazzled all night long, despite his results coming against the Bears backups.

2. Will Chad Henne get into a rhythm?

Chad Henne played a very solid game in the first half and looked markedly better than the Tampa Bay game. Henne completed 12 of 17 throws for 130 yards and connected with Marqise Lee for the Jaguars only touchdown. Henne did continue to check down when he shouldn’t have and missed a few open men.

3. Can the D-line continue to dominate?

The Jaguars defensive line starters played well but didn’t dominate a pretty good Bears offensive line. The Jags had just two hits and one sack against Chicago quarterbacks but they did manage to limit the Bears running game as they held them to just 79 yards on 26 carries.

4. Can the Jaguars secondary matchup?

It was a tougher matchup for the Jacksonville defensive backs but they held their own, despite several defensive holding, illegal contact and pass interference penalties. Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey combined for 3 catches for 28 yards and a touchdown, but they didn’t dominate in their limited time.

5. Can somebody snap the ball accurately?

Mike Brewster didn’t overshoot any snaps but he also struggled mightily blocking. Brandon Linder looked decent against the Chicago backups and Luke Bowanko looked solid before injuring his leg. The center competition is still up in the air and it’s difficult to say who has an advantage.

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