New York Jets at Jacksonville Jaguars: Game Preview
New York Jets at Jacksonville Jaguars
Game Time: 1:00 PM EST
Location: TIAA Bank Field – Jacksonville, FL
Line: JAX -7.5
ESPN FPI: JAX 72.7%
Series History: This series is never looked upon as a slug fest, but if you look at the history of this matchup, you might be surprised. The Jets leads the series 7-6 with New York winning the last 4 straight meetings. The Jaguars lost last year in OT 20 – 23. Blake Bortles threw for 140 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception. Bilal Powell carved up the Jags defense last year, rushing for 163 yards and a touchdown.
Passing: 229.7 ypg – 5 Tds
6.3 Yards per play
Rushing: 109.3 ypg – 0 Tds
4.6 Yard per play
Passing: 220.3 ypg – 3 Tds
7.5 Yards per play
Rushing: 106 ypg – 4 Tds
3.7 Yards per play
Pass yards against: 171 ypg – 2 Tds
Rush yards against: 115.3 ypg – 1 Td
5.1 Yards per play
Pass yards against: 204 ypg – 3 Tds
Rush yards against: 102.3 ypg – 3 Tds
5 Yards per play
Passing: Blake Bortles – 68-112, 707 yards, 5 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: T.J. Yeldon – 153 yards, 0 TD, 4.9 ypc
Receiving: Keelan Cole – 15 rec, 210 yards, 1 TD
Tackles: Telvin Smith – 23 TOT
Sacks: Calais Campbell – 3 sacks, 2TLOSS
Interceptions: Myles Jacks – 1 INT, 21 TOT, 1 TD
Passing: Sam Darnold – 56-93, 701 yards, 3 TDs, 5 INTs
Rushing: Isaiah Crowell – 171 yards, 4 TDs, 4.5 ypc
Receiving: Quincy Enunwa – 17 rec, 212 yards, 1 TD
Tackles: Doug Middleton – 23 TOT
Sacks: Jordan Jenkins – 2 sacks, 2 FF
Interceptions: Darron Lee – 2 INTs, 1 TD, 18 TOT
Players to watch:
Offense: T.J. Yeldon – Yeldon leads the team in rushing and is 3rd on the team in receiving. Only problem is he hasn’t scored a touchdown this season. Actuall,y Jacksonville hasn’t scored a rushing touchdown at all this year. T.J. is due for a break out game and this could be it, even though this is the 13th ranked rushing defense but it is better than Blake facing this 8th ranked passing defense.
Defense: Jalen Ramsey – Sam Darnold has thrown 5 interceptions this year already, that ties him for first in the league. With this statistic Ramsey should be like a fat kid in a candy store. Jalen is the best corner in the league and will take advantage of a rookie QB when he can. Welcome to the NFL rook because this is the real test.
Offense: Isaiah Crowell – Crowell has proven to be an efficient running back this year. Out of the top 20 rushing yard leaders he is 8th in ypc with 4.5 yards. Having a rookie QB means he will have more on his plate than the average running back. Jacksonville is currently 22nd in rushing defense, so Crowell should be able to run a little.
Defense: Darron Lee – Lee is playing shutdown football this year. He has 2 interceptions and one of them was returned for a touchdown. Where Lee really shines is not really breaking up passes but not letting you get more than minimal yards. 18 total tackles has him 4th on the team.
Jaguars win if: Blake Bortles doesn’t turn over the ball. This Jets defense is a good squad and if you let them they will take advantage of the game. Pound the rock and stick with the run pass option and this should be a win for Jacksonville.
Jets win if: The Jets defense is carrying this team, that being said, the offense needs to step up and stop turning the ball over. Sam Darnold leads the league in interceptions, so if he handles the ball better than this game can be won. Do not throw to Jalen Ramsey and do not force it in places that will but you in a bad situation.
It will be cooler this Sunday for this game so that should help both teams. This should be a battle of defenses once again just like last week. Hopefully it isn’t another field goal frenzy. Jets are 1-2 and looking to go to .500 and if the Jags fall they will go to .500. This will be a very interesting game.