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Jaguars vs. Jets: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

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Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2016

The NFL preseason will head to MetLife Stadium on Saturday night as the New York Jets host the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Most of the intrigue surrounds the Jets. The team's official Twitter account announced on Thursday that Mark Sanchez will start at quarterback against the Jaguars.

As Will Brinson of CBSSports.com reported on Wednesday, coach Rex Ryan is unsure of Smith's status for the game. He had a rough week while battling an ankle injury.

The Jets' quarterback competition could get a lot clearer if Sanchez has a good game. The veteran needs to have a good showing while his competitor is banged up, and this game is the perfect opportunity.

On the other side, the Jaguars also have a quarterback competition. Eugene Frenette of Jacksonville.com reported that Blaine Gabbert will start at quarterback. Chad Henne will also be looking to make an impression on coach Gus Bradley.

Running back Maurice Jones-Drew will be making his first appearance since being injured last October, according to Dan Hanzus of NFL.com.

This will be a battle of one team that will be heavily watched and scrutinized against a team that most of the country has not heard much about.

Here's a look at when and where you can catch the game, followed by an injury report for both squads and who to watch for on Saturday night.

 

When: Saturday, August 17, 8:30 p.m. ET

Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

Watch: NFL Network

Listen: Online at NFL Audio Pass 

 

Betting Line (via Covers)

Spread: New York Jets (-2.5)

Over/Under: 38.5 

Both teams struggle to move the football. The quarterback competitions will interrupt the offensive flows, but the Jets are more likely to establish a rhythm if Smith sits this one out. It would be easy to take the under, but nobody knows what to expect out of these quarterbacks.

 

Injury Report (via ESPN.com)

Jacksonville Jaguars   
NamePositionInjuryStatus
Russell AllenLBAnkleDoubtful
Justin ForsettRBToeProbable
Luke JoeckelOTHipProbable
Maurice Jones-DrewRBFootProbable
Cecil ShortsWRCalfProbable

 

New York Jets   
NamePositionInjuryStatus
Clyde GatesWRHeadProbable
Santonio HolmesWRFootOut
Chris IvoryRBHamstringProbable
Joe McKnightRBHeadQuestionable
Greg McElroyQBAnkleProbable
Geno SmithQBAnkleProbable
Kellen WinslowTEKneeProbable

 

Jaguars Player to Watch: Maurice Jones-Drew

 

Jacksonville fans will be hoping to see Jones-Drew run effectively during his time on the field. The goal will be to get out of the game healthy. 

The Jaguars don't have an answer at quarterback, so they need Jones-Drew to be healthy this season. If they don't have a running game, there won't be much optimism this season in Jacksonville.

Jones-Drew has rushed for over 7,000 yards and had over 2,500 receiving yards in eight seasons. He has been a big part of the team's offense for a long time, and the Jaguars need him to show that he can still run the football.

 

Jets Player to Watch: Mark Sanchez

 

There's really nobody else in the league under as much pressure as Sanchez. He is trying to hold off a rookie who is gunning for his job. 

Preseason games are often overrated in importance, but Sanchez can't afford to have a poor showing. The fans in New York are already hoping Smith can win the job after having to watch Sanchez struggle the majority of his career.

It's unclear what Smith's status is for this game. If he's out, all eyes will be on Sanchez. He would likely get more playing time than he would have if Smith played.

Coach Ryan will be rooting for Sanchez to put on a good show. Sanchez can help himself out with a strong performance, and he can try to lock up the starting job.

 

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