Preliminary Thoughts: Jets vs. Jacksonville

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The Jets will stay at home in week two to face the Jacksonville Jaguars as 9.5 point favorites, which should make just about every fan nervous. Being such a large favorite still isn’t a comfortable spot for this team. However, this should be a very favorable match-up for the Jets. There is no reason they shouldn’t be leaving for Oakland next week without a 2-0 record.

Jacksonville surprised people around the league by releasing starting quarterback David Garrard right before the opener and handing the reigns over to Luke McCown. Despite the move, they won their opener at home against the Tennessee Titans 16-14. In the game, Jacksonville showed an ability to run the football and completely shut down the run, but not too much else. Matt Hasselbeck was able to rack up 263 yards passing and a pair of touchdowns, while Kenny Britt had a monster day, finishing with 136 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns on the Jags defense. On offense, Luke McCown managed the game, going 17/24 for 175 yards.

Even though we’d like to see the Jets establish their running game, the match-up may dictate the Jets spread out Jacksonville’s suspect secondary and attempt to pick them apart with Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress, Derrick Mason, and Dustin Keller. I am sure they won’t want Mark Sanchez throwing 44 passes again, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him somewhere in the 30s. On defense, the Jets are equipped to handle Jacksonville’s power rushing attack and beyond equipped to handle their meager passing threat. Their most dangerous weapon is tight end Mercedes Lewis who would be a nightmare for the Jets but there is a good chance he will miss the game with a calf injury.

Former New York Jet cornerback Drew Coleman will returning to face his old team. He recorded a sack in his Jaguars debut last week.