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When: Friday, August 28 at 8:00 p.m./ET
Where: Everbank Field – Jacksonville, Florida
The Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars are set to meet on Friday night in Week 3 of the 2015 preseason at EverBank Field in Jacksonville. The starters for both teams should see a lot of time on the field, as they get their most playing time in any game before the start of the regular season.
Last season, the Lions defeated Jacksonville 13-12 at Ford Field, improving the team’s all-time preseason series record to 2-0-0 against the Jaguars. The two teams last met in the regular season in 2012 when Detroit claimed a 31-14 victory at EverBank Field. Jacksonville holds the all-time regular season series edge, 3-2-0.
Week three of the NFL preseason is widely considered the most important of the four weeks of exhibition games. The reason being is that it’s usually the week that the first-team offense and defense will see the most reps prior to the beginning of the regular season.
When the defense takes the field there will also be no shortage of areas to pay attention to. The defensive line has a plethora of concerns, from injuries to uncertainty. All-Pro veteran Haloti Ngata will continue to sit out with a hamstring injury. Joining him on the sideline will be second-year, former Princeton graduate Caraun Reid. Reid injured his ankle last week during a tackle of Alfred Morris on the first play from scrimmage.
Calvin Johnson likely won’t play so he stays healthy, but a few of Detroit’s starting defenders will sit because they’re hurt. Haloti Ngata was on the practice field this week, but it’s unknown if the Lions’ biggest offseason acquisition will be ready for the regular season opener. Linebacker Kyle Van Noy is out for the foreseeable future with an injury. DeAndre Levy, whose hit sent Robert Griffin III out of last week’s game, has missed the last two practices.
Jacksonville will also have to wait until the regular season to see their top offseason addition take the field. Tight end Julius Thomas is set to miss the entire preseason with a fracture in his left hand. But the team will see a few players return to the field, as defensive end Chris Clemons, running back T.J. Yeldon and safety James Sample are expected to play in their first exhibition game in 2015.