If you’re wondering how Tennessee and Jacksonville, with their combined four wins, could be playing on a Thursday night at this point in the season, it’s because every NFL team is guaranteed at least one primetime game and the Thursday match-ups are decided before the season.
With Central Florida product Blake Bortles getting his first career start under center, the Jaguars had hoped to sneak up on a San Diego (3-1) team coming off of impressive back-to-back wins over defending Super Bowl champ Seattle and Buffalo. So much for that idea.
Riding a two-game winning streak, the San Diego Chargers look to avoid getting caught napping this Sunday when winless Jacksonville limps into town at 0-3.
It may be ugly at times in 2014, but Bortles will be unnerved and will benefit by going through any growing pains this fall as the Jaguars have much work to do before competing in the AFC South.
NFL training camps start this week. And these rookies may be already feeling the pressure.