The Jacksonville Jaguars play football in the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) while the New York Jets call the East Division home in the same conference. Both teams have been “trending down” in recent weeks although the Jaguars have actually been losing more than winning since the 2015-2016 Season began.
In fact, Jacksonville has a Won-Loss record of just 2-5 and finds itself in third place just one game behind the Indianapolis Colts, the squad in first place with a Won-Loss record of 3-4. For their part, the Jets are also in second place in the East Division. However, this squad won four of its first five games before losing its last two games to the New England Patriots and the Oakland Raiders, both losses coming on the road.
It’s clear, of course, that this weekend’s home team, the Jets, have been trending downward recently while the visiting Jaguars have never really trended upward. Although both teams still figure prominently in the playoff picture, it seems logical to assume that the Jets, a squad that was embarrassed by its poor play in Oakland last week, will come out “breathing fire” when they host the team from northern Florida.
It seems to happen frequently in the National Football League that a team which has been humiliated because of poor play in one week performs in “lights out” fashion the very next week. In this case, it will surprise no one if the home team from the Meadowlands in New Jersey employs its dominant defense to upend the upstart and still-very-young Jaguars beginning at 1 PM this Sunday.
New York uses a stellar defensive front to stifle opposing running games and superior play from cornerbacks like Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie to “shut down” top wide receivers.
Jacksonville is a young and improving team that is still searching for a winning formula. Its franchise quarterback, Blake Bortles, plays well at times and erratically at other times. He is likely to be subjected to a heavy pass rush by a defense that played in sub-par fashion a week ago.
New York had its two top quarterbacks suffer injuries in last week’s game, but both Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith are currently listed as day-to-day and either, or both, of them is expected to be ready to play a few days from now.
When you add wide receivers like Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker to New York’s offensive arsenal and then throw in a top running back like Chris Ivory, it seems like this upcoming game may be the right time for New York’s Jets to “get back on track.”
Fans of the team from the New Jersey swamp land figure to be chanting loudly and frequently once this game begins.
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