Jaguars preseason features national TV showdown with Bears

Gus Bradley and the Jaguars will play one preseason game on ESPN.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars begin their preseason with a home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and will play Aug. 14 at Chicago to face the Bears in a matchup that will be televised by ESPN.

Of their four games in the schedule released Wednesday, only the one against the Bears was assigned a specific date. The meeting with the Bucs will be played the week of Aug. 7-10, and the Jaguars will end the preseason with a home game against the Atlanta Falcons on or around Aug. 28.

The dates for those games, as well as one at Detroit, will be announced at a later date.  

The Jaguars’ only appearance on national television last season came in early December when they defeated the Houston Texans in a game shown by the NFL Network.

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