Jacksonville (AP) The Jaguars know that despite being under .500 they still have a chance to right the ship and make a run at the playoffs. However, they must win the easy games where they are the favorites and that means beating a Jets team that is frankly terrible.
Let’s go inside the numbers and breakdown this matchup:
NEW YORK JETS (1-5) at JACKSONVILLE (3-4)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, CBS
OPENING LINE — Jaguars by 5
RECORD VS. SPREAD — New York 2-4, Jacksonville 4-3
SERIES RECORD — Jaguars lead 7-6
LAST MEETING — Jaguars beat Jets 31-12, Sept. 30, 2018
LAST WEEK — Jets lost to Patriots 33-0; Jaguars beat Bengals 27-17
AP PRO32 RANKING — Jets No. 28, Jaguars No. 21
JETS OFFENSE — OVERALL (32), RUSH (30), PASS (32)
JETS DEFENSE — OVERALL (14), RUSH (11), PASS (24)
JAGUARS OFFENSE — OVERALL (9), RUSH (5), PASS (14)
JAGUARS DEFENSE — OVERALL (19), RUSH (T21), PASS (17)
Some quick notes on both teams:
The Jets have won four of past five in series but they are coming off a lopsided loss to Patriots in which ESPN cameras and microphones caught QB Sam Darnold saying he was “seeing ghosts.” Comment went viral and angered the team.
Darnold ended up with worst performance of two-year pro career. He completed 11 of 32 passes for 86 yards with four interceptions, a lost fumble and 3.6 rating.
Adding injury to insult, Darnold had a toenail removed the following day and spent time wearing padded shoes to ease the pain. He threw for 167 yards and a touchdown in previous game against Jaguars.
He more than 250 yards passing and at least two TDs in past two against AFC South teams.
Remember when RB Le’Veon Bell was good playing in Pittsburgh?
Well with his big contract and Jets uniform on Bell is averaging career-low 3.3 yards a carry, had season-high 70 yards rushing last week. Had 118 yards from scrimmage (82 rushing, 36 receiving) in his only game in Jacksonville.
That said Bell has notched at least 90 yards from scrimmage in nine consecutive games against AFC South teams.
On defense Jamal Adams had 12 tackles in previous game against Jacksonville. While Jets rookie DT Quinnen Williams and Jaguars rookie LB Quincy Williams are brothers.
The Birmingham, Alabama, natives have more than 60 friends and family members coming to witness their first game against each other at any level.
Quincy Williams (hamstring) among growing list of injuries at LB position. D.J. Alexander (foot) was placed on injured reserve this week, and Williams, Najee Goode (toe) and Leon Jacobs (hamstring) unlikely to play. … Rookie LB Joe Giles-Harris, called up from practice squad, expected to make NFL debut.
QB Gardner Minshew has four TD passes and two interceptions in three home games. That said he leads all rookie QBs with 95.7 rating. He will need help from RB Leonard Fournette third in NFL with 918 yards from scrimmage. Has four straight games with at least 115 yards rushing.
WR DJ Chark leads AFC with 581 yards receiving and 17.6 yards a catch (minimum 20 receptions). Jaguars DE Calais Campbell has seven sacks in past seven homes games.
Rookie DE Josh Allen has sack in three straight games and leads all rookies with five.
Here is our Fantasy tip: Jaguars PK Josh Lambo has become a safe pick. He’s made 20 consecutive field-goal attempts, including 18 in a row this season, and all 10 extra points. Lambo hasn’t missed at home, making 33 straight since signing with Jacksonville in 2017.