Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars - 8/8/14
Jacksonville Jaguars (4-12) Vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12)
NFL Football: Friday, August 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm (EverBank Field)
The Line: Jacksonville Jaguars -1 -- Over/Under: 34.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NFL HD
The Tampa Bay Bucs head to Jacksonville on Friday to face off against the Jags.
Jacksonville has been rumored as a team that could possibly be moving to Los Angeles, or even London in the new future, but the organization has put money into the stadium, including new, impressive video boards, so it looks as thought the Jags are staying put. Jacksonville started out last season as the laughing stock of the league, but the Jags were playing better as the season came to an end. There is some talent here in Jacksonville, but due to injuries and suspensions, the Jags are now really hurting at the wide receiver position. Marquise Lee has been impressive for the Jags during camp, and Cecil Shorts, if he can stay right is a player as well. Chad Henne is penciled in as the starter in Jacksonville right now, so expect to see plenty of rookie Blake Bortles here on Friday, as the Jags would like to get a good look at the future. Bortles has talent, but he is considered a raw prospect, and it will be interesting to see how he adjusts to the speed of the NFL game, even with it being the preseason.
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The Tampa Bay Bucs played some decent ball at times last season, but it wasn’t reflected in their record, as the Bus went just 4-12 on the year. The Bucs parted ways with Josh Freeman early in the year, and taking over for Freeman was Mike Glennon. Glennon did pretty well for the Bucs, but now it is rumored that Tampa is looking to deal Glennon if the price is right, as the Buccaneers are all in on Josh McCown, who comes to them from Chicago. Tampa looked to give McCown a big time weapon in the draft, picking up my favorite receiver in the draft in Mike Evans. Evans is a big bodied guy who should be able to perform well in this league, even in his rookie season, which we often don’t see from the position. Glennon will likely see most of the action here, which considering he played respectable as a starter last season, I feel helps the Bucs cause.
I have to take the Bucs here. I know the game is in Jacksonville, but as we have seen in the past, the home field advantage for the Jags is practically none, and in the preseason I don’t factor this in at all. Tampa has the better team on both sides of the ball, and with Glennon likely seeing most of the action for Tampa, look for the Bucs to get the outright win here on Friday.