The Jets barely squeaked by the Cowboys to win their season opener last Sunday. This weak they face a notably weaker team as the Jacksonville Jaguars visit MetLife Stadium. The Jaguars, too, won their first game of the season as thy beat another weak team, the Titans, 16-14.
The Jaguars cut their veteran quarterback David Garrard before the season began, and his replacement, Luke McCown threw for 175 yards in week one. The Jaguars offense relies heavily on their star runningback Maurice Jones-Drew. Jones-Drew ran for 97 yards on 24 carries while backup Deji Karim ran for another 33 in an attempt to keep Jones-Drew healthy. If the Jets can stop the run on Sunday, something they have never had trouble doing under Rex Ryan, the Jaguars will have to rely on an inexperienced quarterback and a thin wide receiving core to score on the consistently strong Jets defense.
The Jaguars held Titans’ runningback Chris Johnson to 24 yards last week, but Johnson had only two weeks of practice under his belt after holding out for most of the preseason. The Jets need their offensive line to play better this week and make holes for runningback Shonn Greene. Greene was held to 26 yards last week as the Jets’ offensive line was dominated by the Cowboys’ defensive line. The Jaguars do not have the big-name defenders that the Cowboys have, but they have showed that they can stop a pro-bowl rusher. It will be a good test for Greene and the rebuilt offensive line.
While they held Johnson to 24 yards, Titans’ quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns. Jets’ quarterback Mark Sanchez threw for his third career 300 yard game last week and needs to prove that he can consistently lead this team.
If the Jets can stop Maurice Jones-Drew and run the ball effectively, then the Jets should have no problems beating the Jaguars.
Projected Score: Jets 27, Jaguars 10