Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars First Look

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars First Look

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

Every Wednesday during the Jaguars' season, we'll begin previewing Sunday's game with five notable storylines. Here is our First Look at Packers-Jaguars (1 p.m.):

1. ANOTHER TOUGH HOME OPENER

The schedule makers have done the Jaguars no favors in coach Gus Bradley's first three years, particularly in home openers. They lost 28-2 to Kansas City in 2013; the Chiefs went 11-5 and made the playoffs. They lost 44-17 to Indianapolis in 2014; the Colts went 11-5 and lost in the AFC title game; and they lost 20-9 to Carolina last year; the Panthers went 15-1 and lost in the Super Bowl.

And now comes Green Bay, which has a streak of seven straight playoff appearances and Grade A talent all over the depth chart in quarterback Aaron Rodgers, receiver Jordy Nelson and defenders Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Sam Shields.

At plus-4 1/2, the Jaguars are Week 1's biggest home underdog, and Green Bay's fans have gobbled up thousands of single-game tickets to make it Lambeau Field Southeast.

2. CHALLENGING GREEN BAY'S REBUILT OFFENSIVE LINE

The Jaguars' offensive line will have new starters in three places compared to last year's finale - Kelvin Beachum for Luke Joeckel at left tackle, Joeckel for Zane Beadles at left guard and Brandon Linder for Stefen Wisniewski at center. That trio, with right guard A.J. Cann and right tackle Jermey Parnell, played only 26 snaps together (all against Cincinnati).

But Green Bay is going through its own transition. The Packers shockingly cut three-time Pro Bowl left guard Josh Sitton last Saturday and replaced him with Lane Taylor (two career starts). At center, J.C. Tretter (three career starts) has replaced the injured Corey Linsley.

The Jaguars signed defensive tackle Malik Jackson to overpower and outmaneuver interior offensive linemen. It makes complete sense to put him across from Taylor to test his mettle.

3. DOES IT MATTER WHO IS THE JAGUARS' NO. 2 CORNERBACK?

Not so much this week. …

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