The Jaguars snapped their scoring drought, but lost their NFL preseason home opener to the Philadelphia Eagles.

An opportunity came Thursday night for Jaguars coach Doug Marrone to see if his offense could jell behind mostly backups after they gave a lackluster performance in last week’s preseason opener.

What he saw was quarterback Gardner Minshew showing more command and accuracy, even when he was repeatedly chased out of the pocket. Last week in Baltimore, the Jaguars crossed into Ravens’ territory just once for the entire game in their 29-0 loss.

On Thursday night, Minshew directed a nine-play, 55-yard scoring drive that ended on Josh Lambo’s 36-yard field goal with five seconds left before halftime.

It snapped their preseason scoring drought that stretched into two games and took all of 11 drives. In the fourth quarter, the Jaguars scored their first touchdown of the preseason on backup quarterback Alex McGough's 4-yard run.

Still, it was far from enough as the Eagles (1-1) handed the Jaguars their second straight preseason loss, 24-10, in front of a rain-soaked crowd of 57,139 at TIAA Bank Field.

Marrone held out 27 players — 13 starters including quarterback Nick Foles. The Eagles held out most of their starters, too, including starting quarterback Carson Wentz.  

Minshew, who got an extended look playing the first three quarters, showed more deep passing ability than he did in his debut game when he passed for only 46 yards. He made a beautiful throw over the middle to Tre McBride for a 36-yard touchdown in the second quarter, but it was nullified because of holding call by tackle Leonard Wester and tight end Ben Koyack’s illegal block.

The mistake-prone Jaguars ended the night with 12 penalties for 119 yards. They had 159 yards in penalties last week.

''We accomplished some things from a depth standpoint,'' Marrone said. ''We are giving guys opportunities. If they want to make the team, that’s the way to do it.

Despite a poor performing offensive line, Minshew looked like he might be capable of holding the top backup job behind Foles and the Jaguars may not have to seek a veteran. He passed for 167 yards in the first half, completing 15-of-22 attempts. Minshew had no trouble finding McBride, who showed off his ability to get separation that led to four catches for 47 yards.

''I think the more reps you get, the comfortable it is,'' said Minshew, who was drafted in the sixth round out of Washington state in April. ''I'm just building confidence with  the guys I'm in there with.It continues to get easier from here.

Minshew, who had a strong week in practices, completed 19 of 29 passes for 202 yards.

The Jaguars’ offense still had their share of mishaps. Tackles Leonard Wester and Cedric Ogbuehi both struggled to adequately protect the edge. Minshew lost a fumble on a sack in the second quarter.

The Jaguars backup offensive line has allowed eight sacks in the first two games, including four against the Eagles.  The Jagaurs receivers dropped passes and the ground game was ineffective. The Jaguars also couldn't avoid another injury setback, with top backup running back Alfred Blue forced out of the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury. He did not return.

Defensively, the Jaguars struggled to get the Eagles' offense off the field. Philadelphia had two 12-play drives for touchdowns. The first came in the second quarter when safety C.J. Reavis got beat on a deep ball when Gary Ward made an jumping catch and then ran to the end zone from about 10 yards away. Reavis didn't make the same impact as last week when led the defense with eight tackles. 

However, Jaguars defensive tackle Datone Jones made the biggest hit of the game on the Eagles' opening drive when he went unblocked and unloaded a hard tackle on former Jaguars quarterback Cody Kessler, which knocked him out of the game with a head injury.

Despite having to play with their fourth-string quarterback, Clayton Thorson, the Eagles churned out 324 total yards and three touchdowns. The Jaguars linebackers struggled to make stops, especially on runs off tackle. A few times, rookie defensive end Josh Allen overpursued and the Eagles countered with their backs going outside.