The first preseason game for the Jacksonville Jaguars resulted in a win against the New England Patriots 31-24 in New England. Any game that win against a team that is coached by Bill Belichick can be considered a big win, especially when you’re the visiting team. This is a good start to Doug Marrone’s run as head coach of the Jaguars.
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The game started out tied at 3-3 up until Jaguars backup quarterback Chad Henne threw a 97 yard touchdown pass to receiver Keelan Cole to go up by seven. Cole finished the night with two receptions for 108 yards and one touchdown. Rookie running back Leonard Fournette scored his first career touchdown on a one yard run that put the Jaguars up by fourteen in the second quarter as well. Fournette didn’t see a lot of playing time, limiting him 31 rushing yards but he did get in the endzone.
A player who showed up big for the Jaguars was running back Corey Grant. He finished the night with 120 rushing yards and one touchdown. His biggest play of the night came in the third quarter when he put on the wheels and ran 79 yards for a touchdown. Grant had more rushing yards himself than the entire Patriots team as a whole.
Dede Westbrook also got himself some playing time, and enough of it to catch his first touchdown pass of his career. Quarterback Brandon Allen connected with Westbrook on a 42 yard touchdown pass that gave the Jaguars their final score of the night.
The defense did very well against the Patriots running game, only giving up a total 116 rushing yards. The passing defense will need some work, but they did just enough to help secure a win. Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo had himself a night throwing for 235 yards and two scores which gave the Jaguars trouble at certain points in the game.
With the Patriots out of the way, the Jaguars will now look to improve as they will take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Thursday. This was definitely a confident boost for this young Jaguars team that is looking to show they can compete, and what better way to do it than defeat the defending Super Bowl champions? Even though this game won’t count in a couple weeks, atleast the Jaguars can build off of this win and keep getting better as a unit.