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Jacksonville Game Preview

Jacksonville comes to Lambeau on Thursday for each team's third preseason game. The Packers, of course, are a perfect 2-0 this preseason while Jacksonville had a split against the Florida teams (loss to Miami, win over Tampa Bay). Jacksonville went 12-4 in 2005 and lost in the first round of the playoffs at New England, while playing the most inconsistent football of any team in 2006 (beating playoff teams Indianapolis, NY Jets, NY Giants, and Philadelphia, but losing twice to lowly Houston). They had a shot at the playoffs in 2006, but they finished 8-8 with three straight losses to end the season.

The Packers have had few injuries this preseason, except for the projected starting backfield of Morency and Miree, who have both been hurt all preseason, and injuries to several fringe players. However, it appears that Jacksonville is doing even better at limiting injuries. The above article from Big Cat Country is primarily devoted to discussing the one significant injury for them so far, the high ankle sprain suffered by 1st round draft choice S Reggie Nelson. He sees some benefit to letting Nelson sit out a few weeks with the injury so he doesn't become overwhelmed by the NFL, but I see the benefit watching former Wisconsin Badger CB Scott Starks playing in place of Nelson. It seemed like Jacksonville drafted Starks too high in 2005, and he certainly hasn't played too much so far in his pro career. It would be interesting to see how he is playing now and whether he might have a future in the NFL.