5 Jaguars games that should be in primetime in 2022 (but probably won’t)
4. The Jacksonville Jaguars vs. the NY Jets at MetLife Stadium.
Here’s another team that also drafted a quarterback in 2021 but unlike the Jaguars, the New York Jets didn’t fire their head coach after just one season and Robert Saleh remains at the helm. The Gang Green has gotten rave reviews and plenty of praise for their 2022 draft class.
At No. 4, the Jets selected Sauce Gardner, arguably the best cornerback in the draft. With their second first-round pick, they got Zach Wilson a potential number one receiver in Ohio’s Garret Wilson. New York then saw an opportunity at No. 26 and traded up to get Florida State defensive end Jermaine Johnson. If that wasn’t enough, they managed to get arguably the best running back in the selection meeting, Iowa State’s Breece Hall.
You could make the case that New York indeed had a better draft than the Jaguars but the latter had a more fruitful free agency. Either way, both teams are building around a young quarterback, Zach Wilson, and Trevor Lawrence, respectively.
Last season, the Jets got the best of the Jags in Week 16, earning their fourth (and last) victory of the year. In 2022, Jacksonville will try to show they picked the right quarterback in the 2021 draft. Lawrence versus Wilson doesn’t have the same luster as Manning versus Brady but this could be the beginning of a heated rivalry. Then again, it can’t be considered a rivalry if the Jags lose. That’s why they need to come out of MetLife Stadium with a win.