Despite the loss, the Jaguars put on an impressive display. Quarterbacks Blake Bortles and Chad Henne were absolutely brilliant, and the defense held a very explosive Bears offense in check.
At home, the Lions will offer the Jaguars a similar challenge compared to last week.
The Lions field an explosive offense headlined by receiver Calvin Johnson, veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford and rookie tight end Eric Ebron. It will be a test for the defense to contain this unit, but it will also provide us a great barometer as to where this defense stands in comparison to the elite offenses in the league.
Overall, we’ll be watching for some specific things from this team: Can the offense continue to evolve with Toby Gerhart providing balance in the running game? Can Dwayne Gratz match up with arguably the best receiver in the league? Will the offensive line be able to contain one of the best pass rushes in the league?
This will serve as an important matchup for the Jaguars and will give us all a better idea of what to expect in the regular season.