The Jacksonville Jaguars (2-1) at the Jets (1-2) at the Meadowlands on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 1 p.m. ET.
Coverage on SNY:
- Jets Pre-Game Live at noon
- Jets Halftime Live on Facebook.com/SNY
- Jets Post-Game Live on SNY.tv immediately following the game
A beautiful, fall-like day is expected, with lots of sun, light winds and temperatures that barely touch 70 degrees.
WHAT IT MEANS
The Jets getting to 2-2 would be totally unexpected and uncharted territory for this team. Forget the implications in the standings. (With plenty of help, a win could put them in a first-place tie.) A win would have a lot of people rethinking the potential for this Jets team. Would it be hysteria to think they could be … good?!? Maybe. But a few unexpected wins could certainly delay their plans to transition away from Josh McCown. It would take a little more than one win, of course, though a win here would change the perspective on and attitude of this team in a significant way.
PLAYER TO WATCH
Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette. The powerful rookie tailed off after his 100-yard debut, but the Jaguars are committed to the run, and the 228-pounder runs with a lot of power. He's the man to watch, though, because the Jets gave up an average of 185 rushing yards in their first two games of the season, but gave up only 30 to the Jay Ajayi-led Miami Dolphins last Sunday. If their run defense is as porous as it was in Weeks 1 and 2, Fournette will have a huge day and the Jets will be in trouble. But if they bottle him up and make Blake Bortles try and win this game on his own, the Jets will be in very good shape.
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Jets WR Robby Anderson vs. Jaguars CBs A.J. Bouye/Jalen Ramsey. This seems like a matchup Anderson could exploit given his blazing speed, if the Jets can find a way to set up the deep pass. The second-year receiver has gotten off to a pretty slow and unimpressive start so far, but he did have a 69-yard touchdown catch against the Dolphins that showed off his potential. The veteran Bouye is a solid cornerback, but Ramsey is better, faster and more likely to end up on Anderson if he's fully healthy. He's been dealing with an ankle injury. Either way, they're both big and have good enough speed to test Anderson, who still has to prove he can get separation against NFL corners on a regular basis. That's important, because the Jets will need his big-play ability to win most games.
The Jaguars are a couple of years ahead of the Jets in their rebuilding project and seem to be in better shape pretty much all over their roster. Their biggest problem is that no one - including them - is sure how much to trust their turnover-happy quarterback in Bortles. Other than last week's destruction of the Ravens in London, when he threw four touchdown passes, Bortles hasn't been good. So if the Jets really can contain Fournette and force Bortles to win the game, they'll be in terrific position.
This Jets offense isn't explosive, but it can be efficient and that might be all it needs to be against the Jaguars. It'll be up to the defense, though, to stop Fournette, pressure Bortles and maybe come up with a key turnover. A little momentum from last week's big and unexpected win should be enough to get that done. . … Jets 20, Jaguars 17.
MY RECORD: 1-2
MY RECORD WHEN PICKING JETS TO WIN: 0-1
MY RECORD WHEN PICKING JETS TO LOSE: 1-1