The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play their first nationally televised game of 2017 tonight, when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville. ESPN thought an intrastate rivalry preseason game was actually interesting, and gave us Jon Gruden as commentator to boot—he can gush about Jameis Winston all game long.
For the Bucs, this game will be pretty interesting though not crucial. They’ll let their starters play for almost a full half, which is pretty long for a second preseason game. Key: getting out of this game fully healthy. And also some continued consistency from the offensive line and Winston would be nice—they looked impressive in the first game.
The defense will also need to answer a few questions, particularly at safety. With Brent Grimes almost certainly out again the backup cornerbacks will get some extra workouts, too.
As for the Jaguars, they’re a bit of a mess right now, so maybe we shouldn’t take this too seriously as a litmus test.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch today’s game.
Nuts and bolts
Location: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
Game time: Thursday, August 17, 8:00 p.m. ET
TV channel: ESPN (nationally)
Online streaming: NFL Game Pass (free 7-day trial)
Announcers: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden
Enemy blog: Big Cat Country
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