Can the Jaguars win their second game in a row this week as they face the struggling New York Jets at home?
The Jaguars will face the Jets on their home field this weekend. The warm humid weather will favor the home team. The Jets are desperate for a win but the Jaguars need the victory to remain in the playoff picture in the AFC.
Jacksonville was written off as a viable team a few weeks ago but could be considered a playoff contender with a victory on Sunday. The Jets, on the other hand, have been just plain written off.
The Jets current stars are quarterback Sam Darnold, C.J. Mosley, and Le’Veon Bell. Darnold recently returned from a bout of mononucleosis. Mosley will not play in Sunday’s game. The offensive line was unable to block effectively for Bell. The Jets have one of the worst running games in the NFL this season.
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"Per The Jet Press, Steven Blush, when referring to Monday night’s game wrote, “What we witnessed was the worst disgrace in modern New York Jets history. The Jets were thoroughly embarrassed, outwitted and outclassed — on many levels beyond the playing field. It was like Rutgers against Ohio State.”"
The New York media can be harsh critics but after a 33-0 rout, four interceptions and a 3.6 quarterback rating for Darnold, it would be difficult to find much positive to report. However, the remainder of their schedule is against less formidable teams than the Patriots. This provides hope for more victories this season.
The Jaguars are playing better football. Leonard Fournette is playing like a Pro Bowl-caliber running back. He leads the AFC in rushing and is second overall in the NFL. Wide receiver DJ Chark is in the middle of a breakout season with an AFC leading 581 receiving yards. His speed and size are a huge asset.
Kicker Josh Lambo was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Quarterback Gardner Minshew has won the NFL Rookie of the Week awards four times. And possibly best of all, mascot Jaxson de Ville was named as a finalist for the National Mascot Hall of Fame.
There are a few areas of concern on the injury front.
As reported, Marcell Dareus will be out four to six weeks with a core muscle injury. Leon Jacobs, Najee Goode, and Quincy Williams – all linebackers – will miss Sunday’s game. The Jaguars wisely added Malcolm Smith (veteran linebacker), Donald Payne (former Jaguars linebacker) and Joe Giles-Harris (practice squad) to the active roster.
Maybe the best story of this game is one that will not happen. Quincy Williams was supposed to play against his brother Quinnen Williams on Sunday. The brother’s bet involves a Chevrolet Corvette Z06.
I believe the Jaguars will defeat the Jets on Sunday. They have a better team, better players, and need this win to get back to .500 before their game in London next week.