The Jets head on the road this week to play the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are coming off of a 9 – 6 loss to the Titans. It’s difficult to know what to make of Jacksonville. The Jaguars managed only 232 yards in the loss to the Titans. Bortles played poorly in the loss to the Titans and Fournette was sidelined with a hamstring injury. Expectations are that Fournette will be back in the lineup for Sunday’s contest. This could be influential – through the first three weeks, the Jets have the #1 opponent-adjusted pass defense, while just the 19th adjusted rushing defense. None of the Jaguars receivers really scare me and the Jets should be able to limit the Jags’ success through the air.
The Jets have a terrible offense as we are all aware, but the long week may allow the team to come up with some new wrinkles or trick plays. The stats show the Jaguars are a league average defense, despite reputation. It is in both teams’ interest to run the ball which should keep the clock running. Last year when these two teams played, the Jets rushed for 256 yards and the Jags 175. The Jets outgained the Jaguars 471 – 311 which should have resulted in a comfortable win. However, McCown threw a back-breaking INT near the end of regulation and the game went into OT where the Jets won 23-20. I expect another low scoring affair, thus we are taking the Jets plus the points and the under.