Jaguars hope to run through the Jets: Predicting the score

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 30: A Jacksonville Jaguars fan as seen during the game against the New York Jets on September 30, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 30: A Jacksonville Jaguars fan as seen during the game against the New York Jets on September 30, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) /

Can the Jacksonville Jaguars start a winning streak this week at home against the New York Jets?

It’s been an up and down week for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Josh Lambo was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Quarterback Nick Foles returned to the practice field. Gardner Minshew once again won the NFL Rookie of the Week award.

Things look like they are turning in the right direction down here in North Florida, or what we fans like to call DUUUVAL.

But for everything that has looked good on paper and on the practice field, there have been injuries this team is dealing with, especially at tight end and linebacker. Fans should be more fearful of the loss of starters in the middle of the defense and how the team will replace the wall Marcell Dareus creates upfront. This is becoming a resilient football team. And a 4-4 record heading into their game against the Texans in London would be so much better than a 3-5 record and the feeling of things going south once again in the AFC.

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The staff here at Black and Teal takes a peek at today’s game and offers their own prediction as Jacksonville takes on the New York Jets.

Kathy Clark – The New York Jets are in free fall. Can they somehow get their act together before Sunday?  I seriously doubt it.

The Jaguars are trending up and I think they will continue. All signs point to a Jaguars win. Jaguars 24 Jets 6.

Lorenzino Estrada – After getting back on track against the winless Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville looks to get another win against the 1-5 New York Jets.

Jacksonville gets another below-average team on the docket, a game that the team should win. With Sam Darold seeing ghosts, the team should take advantage of the team’s rock bottom confidence. Jaguars win, 24-13.

David Levin – This is another one of those games the Jaguars are supposed to win. But if they want to continue to make headway in the race for the AFC playoffs, it’s game they “must” win.

The defense is a bit of a concern with the linebacker unit taking a huge hit this week with injuries. That makes me wonder if Le’Veon Bell will gash this unit for a huge game. By contrast, the offense is getting better with Jacksonville’s running game ranked sixth in the NFL. Make it two in a row for the home team. Jaguars 30 Jets 10.

Jennifer Shatzer – The Jets are coming off of a shut out from the Patriots, but they played Monday night so their practice and prep for us have been minimal. I say Jaguars 28 Jets 21.

Anthony Robertson – The Jaguars defense seems to be getting their groove back despite losing a star player. I expect the defense to continue playing well as we take on a Jets team that has struggled offensively. Sam Darnold and company are looking to right the ship after an abysmal performance last week against the Patriots.

The Jets are still a team that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Every team in the NFL can win any given Sunday. There is talent on their team with players like Le’Veon Bell and Robby Anderson but if Jacksonville comes out and plays smart they should be able to get the victory. Jaguars 21 Jets 10.

Jess Overby – The Jaguars (3-4) host the Jets (1-6) this week and on paper, it looks like the Jags should win. But this game will be closer than many believe. The Jaguars offensive strength is the run game and the Jets defensive strength is stopping the run. The Jaguars’ defense should be able to shut down the Jets who score less than 11 points per game.

But the Jaguars offense struggled mightily against a Bengals defense that is last in the league and they can’t expect the defense to bail them out every game. Also, the Jaguars ran up the score on the Jets last year and the Jets remember. Still, the Jaguars get the win 16-10.