Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/8/14
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12) at Jacksonville Jaguars (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
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars meet Friday night in their first preseason game.
The Buccaneers look to build on last year’s competitive finish to the season but still has some question marks to answer if they’re going to take another step forward. The Buccaneers must find out who their starting quarterback is going to between the experienced Josh McCown and promising Mike Glennon. Both are sure to see plenty of playing time in this matchup and will likely get majority of the snaps. The Bucs offense should improve regardless with a healthy Doug Martin at running back and rookie wide receiver Mike Evans on the opposite site of Vincent Jackson. As usual, a veteran Buccaneers defense isn’t going to experience much playing time in this game, so it’s all about the backups. Defensive end William Gholston and linebacker Dane Fletcher are two names to watch in the second unit.
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Chad Henne or Blake Bortles is the real question for the Jaguars this preseason. However, I’m not sure I like either one of those quarterbacks being the answer. While the Jaguars try to figure out who their starting quarterback is going to be, it’s going to be fun to watch rookie wide receivers Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson provide a kick start to an offense that struggled mightily just a year ago. This is a young Jaguars offense that has some promising pieces but needs a reliable signal-caller before anybody will ever reach their full potential. Also watch out for backup running back Jordan Todman, who was solid last year in a limited role. Defense is the unit you really have to be afraid of if you’re backing the Jags. I’m not sure I see much improvement on that side of the ball, but John Lotulelei does have a chance to be a surprise at strong side linebacker.
Neither team has quarterback depth to fall back on, but the Jaguars are at home and do have plenty of young offensive talent that will be eager to prove itself.
I’d take Jacksonville as a pick em in a heartbeat.