What We Learned Against Detroit
1. Blake with the 1’s.- Blake Bortles continued to look like….Blake Bortles. The rookie was considerably more impressive than his stats showed as he was 10-17, 158 yards, 1 TD and no picks with a 109.4 rating. Bortles led the team down the field in a two-minute drill against the Lions starters like an elite quarterback would. It’s clear to anyone with working eyes who the best quarterback on the Jaguars roster is, and it’s not Week 1 starter Chad Henne.
2. Center of attention.- The starting lineup showed told us plenty as Mike Brewster, who had started the first two preseason games was nowhere to be found until the second half. Jacques McClendon had one bad snap but was otherwise solid. Luke Bowanko was inconsistent during his reps and when Brewster finally got in he continued his poor play. There’s still no clear answer at the center position.
3. Litmus test.- Although the first half score showed 7-6 Lions, Detroit really dominated the half with their starters against the Jags starters. The Jags didn’t have their best possible lineup in due to Blake Bortles not making an appearance until the final two minutes and some early injuries to Sen’Derrick Marks and Paul Posluszny. Still, Detroit was the better team.
4. Pressure’s on Chad. Chad Henne wasn’t good on Friday night. He made one good throw to Allen Hurns and made a horrific throw on a swing pass which cost the team a first down and nearly threw a pick-six to a lineman. Henne’s stat sheet shows 9-14, 70 yards, 2 sacks for 18 yards and one drive resulting in points that started deep in Lions territory. If it were a real competition, Henne would’ve lost it.
5. Hold them under 20. The Jaguars defense wasn’t great as they were gashed on the ground, but they were opportunistic as they turned Detroit over three times. They struggled getting pressure on Matthew Stafford and there were some missed tackles and misfits on defense. Although there’s plenty to work on, a lot of it is correctable and the team managed to keep the Lions off the scoreboard.