NFL Nation: 2014 NFL Preseason Week 3 JAC at CHI Observation Deck


The Jaguars' reserves couldn't hold a lead and gave up a touchdown with less than a minute remaining to lose 20-19 to the host Chicago Bears, but the team got a victory with the way quarterback Chad Henne and the first-team offense played.

Henne and the first-team offense produced 166 yards and 13 points in four possessions. That's in stark contrast to their performance in the preseason opener against Tampa Bay, when they managed just 4 net yards in four possessions.

Henne completed 12 of 17 passes for 130 yards and one touchdown, a 6-yard hookup with rookie receiver Marqise Lee. It was the kind of performance he needed to ease some of enthusiasm surrounding rookie quarterback Blake Bortles' debut against the Bucs (7-of-11, 117 yards).

The offense controlled the game in the first quarter, running 28 plays and totaling 161 yards. The Bears ran just five plays.

Bortles also had a good night, completing 11 of 17 passes for 160 yards, although 45 yards came on the final play of the first half on a hookup with receiver Allen Hurns.

Here are some other thoughts on the Jaguars' second preseason game of the year:
  • The Jaguars continue to tinker with the center position, rotating players by quarter. Mike Brewster started and had an up-and-down first quarter. He didn't have any errant shotgun snaps but he was late with one snap that resulted in a false start penalty and he also got bulldozed by defensive tackle Stephen Paea on a play that resulted in a sack. Sixth-round pick Luke Bowanko played the second quarter. He left the game with an injury to his ankle and knee while playing right guard in the third quarter. Third-round pick Brandon Linder snapped in the third and fourth quarters.
  • Starting right tackle Austin Pasztor also left the game with a hand injury. Coach Gus Bradley is scheduled to meet with the media on Friday afternoon so we'll get an update on Pasztor and Bowanko then.
  • Toby Gerhart's Jaguars debut ended with 19 yards rushing on six carries. He had runs of 18 and 6 yards but lost 5 yards on his other four carries. Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch has emphasized the need for the backs to be patient, telling them the nature of the run game in the NFL means a lot of short gains supplemented by one or two bigger gains. That's what happened with Gerhart, who as a veteran understands that better than the younger backs.
  • The first-team offensive line still struggled to create space on the outside zone plays. The breakdowns aren't all from the middle of the line, either. Left tackle Luke Joeckel got knocked on his rear by Bears linebacker Jon Bostic, who ended up tackling Gerhart for a 4-yard loss.
  • It doesn't really show up on the stat sheet, but rookie linebacker Telvin Smith has been responsible for forcing turnovers in both preseason games. He tipped a Jimmy Clausen pass that safety Josh Evans intercepted on Thursday night. In the preseason opener against Tampa Bay, Smith pressured Josh McCown into a poor throw that safety Winston Guy intercepted and returned for a touchdown.
  • Running back Denard Robinson made a statement to be involved in the offense, rushing for a team-high 34 yards on six carries. … Running back Jordan Todman had a blitz pickup on Bostic, giving Henne an extra second to complete a pass to tight end Marcedes Lewis for a 20-yard gain. … Defensive end Tyson Alualu has recorded sacks in each preseason game.

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears' first-team offense scored points despite limited opportunities, but the No. 1 defense gave up a pair of field goals and a touchdown in three consecutive Jacksonville Jaguars possessions, forcing the home team to rally late to best the Jaguars 20-19 on Senorise Perry's 5-yard run with 51 seconds left to play.

Here are some other thoughts on Chicago's second preseason game:

Chicago's first-team offense played just two series as Jacksonville dominated time of possession in the first quarter (12:30 to 2:30), but Jay Cutler put together another sharp showing, hitting seven of nine passes for 75 yards and a touchdown for a passer rating of 138.4.

Credit the offensive line for Cutler's performance. With starting right tackle Jordan Mills out, Michael Ola filled in on an offensive line that routinely gave Cutler plenty of time to drop back, read and fire to the open man.

"The offensive line is playing at a really high level," Cutler said. "We want to get the running game [going] a little bit better than we did early on. We went three-and-out. Then, we kind of had to wait around a long time. We came back, converted some third downs. The offensive line gave me a lot of time."

The battle for the No. 2 job at quarterback between Jimmy Clausen and Jordan Palmer might go to the wire. The Bears gave Clausen an extended look, yet he didn't capitalize on the extra snaps. Clausen completed 11 of 15 for 94 yards and an interception with no touchdowns and finished with a passer rating of 61.5 after lighting up the Philadelphia Eagles for a rating of 134.6 in the opener with a pair of touchdowns.

The No. 1 defense stumbled to a slow start, but Jacksonville's dominant time of possession in the first quarter played a role. The defense forced the Jaguars to settle for back-to-back field goals on their first two possessions. After Josh Scobee's second field goal of the opening quarter, Eric Weems fumbled the ensuing kick when he was stripped by Will Blackmon. Jacksonville took over at the Chicago 23 and scored in seven plays on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Chad Henne to Marqise Lee.

Henne and rookie Blake Bortles completed 19 of 27 for 237 yards and a touchdown in the first half.

Ryan Mundy and Danny McCray continued to take repetitions with the first-team defense.

Jon Bostic played poorly in the opener but redeemed himself somewhat against the Jaguars. On a third-and-1 from the Chicago 27, Bostic filled hard on a Toby Gerhart run around left end and took out the offensive tackle to drop the running back for a 4-yard loss. The play forced Jacksonville to settle for a 49-yard field goal.

The Bears want to remain patient with Shea McClellin as he transitions to linebacker, but his play against the Jaguars seemed just about on par with his shoddy showing last week. McClellin did stuff the run once early on but continues to struggle at shedding blocks and making tackles in space.

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