With a 16-14 win over the Tennessee Titans, the Jacksonville Jaguars come into MetLife Stadium with a new quarterback and a new identity. Will the New York Jets suffer a letdown after their emotional 27-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys or will Gang Green go to 2-0.
Let’s look at the Jaguars:
With the surprising cut of David Garrard, the Jaguars felt the need to go in a different direction. With the drafting of Blaine Gabbert, it was thought that Garrard would teach the rookie this season before handing off to him next year. Not the case. It’s Luke McCown’s team now, and the 2004 draft pick is 1-0 on the year. With 175 passing yards last week, don’t expect any miracles from the 30 year old. Still, he managed the game well and didn’t commit any turnovers.
Same Running Back
With over 1300 rushing yards in each of the past two seasons, Maurice Jones-Drew is an elite back in the NFL. Limited to a play count last week (24 carries, 97 yards), Jones-Drew was angry and frustrated. Let’s hope he doesn’t take that out on the Jets. There can be no missed tackles this week or Jones-Drew will have a monster game.
As for the rest of the Jaguars, they ran the ball 47 times last week for 163 yards. That’s spells a big test for the Jets running defense.
Titans superstar running back Chris Johnson was held to 24 yards. That’s all you need to know about the Jaguars rush defense. On the passing side, they picked up 2 sacks on Titans QB Matt Hasselback and only pressured him 5 times. Look for Mark Sanchez to have another pass-filled game.
Welcome back Dwight Lowery and Drew Coleman.
Lowery, like he did with the Jets, sealed a Jaguars victory with a late interception off Hasselback.
Coleman sacked Hasselback and forced a fumble on a blitz.