NFL Week 2: High Flying Jaguars Will Be Grounded by the Jets
The Jacksonville Jaguars came up big in Week 1 after exiting the preseason amidst the surprising release of David Garrard and the loss of back-up running back, Rashad Jennings.
The Jaguars put their faith in the hands of quarterback Luke McCown to drive the team forward and, in Week 1, the gamble paid off as the Jaguars beat the Titans 16-14.
McCown threw 24 times for 175 yards and looked to have a good rhythm with wide receivers Mike Thomas and Jason Hill.
Maurice Jones-Drew stepped up and showed the NFL he has no lingering effects from last year's injury, running for 97 yards on 24 carries and looking good doing so.
The defense, however, is what kept them in this game and the Jags did just enough to keep the Titans at bay.
This week, against the New York Jets, the Jaguars will come back down from their Week 1 high.
The Jaguars will have an extremely tough time finding a match-up they can exploit against the Jets as they simply don't have enough personnel.
This Week 2 battle will depend on Maurice Jones-Drew carrying the load once again for Jacksonville. However, rushing against the Jets' front seven is no easy task as they held Dallas back Felix Jones to 44 total yards on the ground.
The Jets will try to force Jacksonville to beat them through the air, as the running game should be relatively quiet due to the blitzing combination of Jets' linebackers Calvin Pace and Bart Scott.
Mike Thomas and Jason Hill both have challenges ahead of them as they will be swarmed by a defensive backfield led by Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie.
Jets' safeties should have free roam while the corners shut down the Jags' receivers.
Jacksonville needs a big day from Marcedes Lewis in order to free up receivers to make plays and hurt the Jets' defense.
I just don't see this Jacksonville team having the ability at this point to overcome the challenges they have before them, as the Jets will look to make a statement to the NFL.
Luke McCown is my biggest concern against this defensive unit, and I wouldn't be surprised to see a multi-interception day. Especially considering the Jets will likely have the Jaguars playing from behind.
Week 1 gave Jacksonville a sweet taste of victory. Week 2 will be bitter, the only question is how bad will things be?
Look for the Jets' defense to dominate against the Jaguars and capitalize on turnovers.
Offensively, New York has a talented receiving tandem of Plaxico Burress and Santonio Holmes. The pair combined for 142 yards and a touchdown Sunday Night.
Mark Sanchez threw for over 300 yards as the Jets primarily threw in Week 1.
The Jaguars only hope to contain this unit comes from the linebackers, as they must contain Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson in order to limit the Jets' rushing ability as well as blitz Sanchez and force him into bad throws.
Outside of these areas, the Jaguars just don't have enough to cover the field as the Jets are simply that good.
At the end of the game, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Jaguars eating a nice slice of humble pie, served to them courtesy of "Gang Green".
Prediction: Jets 34–Jaguars 12
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