The short-handed Jaguars lost to the short-handed Packers, but that was to be expected. The Packers just have better personnel with more experience on both sides of the ball, and a coaching staff that knows them well. The Jags … don’t.
But, what I’m taking from this is Blaine Gabbert throwing for over 300 yards for the first time in his short career. Over every other number in the Week 8 game, that stood out. Now, Green Bay doesn’t have the best pass defense (in fact, pass defense is the most difficult aspect of football in my opinion), but they specialize in takeaways. And the costly takeaway happened on special teams.
But seriously, Blaine’s performance was great for what it is was, and for at least one Sunday, we saw a Jaguars offense that knew how to move up and down the field and play tough defense on Green Bay. For a guy that was expecting an embarrassment and for Rodgers to be resting by the third quarter, I was surprised and proud of the effort Jacksonville put forth.
They looked like a team that has some life in them, and as a fan and observer, that’s all you can ask of them. Even last week against Oakland, Jacksonville showed flashes of a professional football team. Although the last two weeks after the bye week were loses, they were respectable loses.
Next week, Jacksonville comes home to host the always shaky Detroit Lions.
Dare I say, Jacksonville is in a good position to pounce on these guys and add another first to their list this season.
Their first home win.
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Written by Michael Reid