The New York Jets are trying to get back on the winning column as they travel to play the Jaguars in Jacksonville. There have been plenty of storylines this week to keep track of. It’s time to get weird with week 4 stats, observations, and projections.
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Good and They Know ItLast season, the Jets somehow beat the Jaguars in week 4. After Jacksonsville’s run to the AFC Championship game, it’s incredible to think how that result was even possible. Now, unfortunately, the Jets are not only facing a more confident and self-assured Jaguars team, they’re facing a good team that’s coming off of a bad loss. Jacksonville will definitely not take the Jets likely. However, the Jets have something to prove themselves. It should be a highly competitive game. Don’t expect the Jets to rush for 256 yards like they did last year. But, the effectiveness of the running game will be important once again as the Jets have to protect their rookie QB, Sam Darnold from the Jaguars top tier defense.
Quincy Enunwa vs. Jalen Ramsey
The Jets best wide receiver so far this season has been Quincy Enunwa. He’s had the vast majority of targets so far this season, particularly on third down. You have to expect the Jaguars will counter with Jalen Ramsey. The matchup should be exciting. Enunwa can’t bully Ramsey like he’s done other defensive backs and Ramsey can’t be physical with Enunwa like he is with other receivers. They both cancel out each other’s strengths so it should be fun to see who can win on each down. More importantly, Sam Darnold is probably going to have to look elsewhere more often than he has the first three games.
We witnessed Blake Bortles at his peak in the Jaguars week 2 victory over the New England Patriots. The following week, the Jaguars offense looked horrific against the Titans. However, they will be likely getting Leonard Fournette back in the fold. The key to the Jaguars success on offense is a balanced attack that establishes the running game and creates easy throws for Bortles. For Bortles, he’s become more comfortable just being himself. Look for him to use his feet whenever he can and look out for two or three shot plays, likely to standout WR Keelan Cole.
Go Speed Racer, GO!
One thing we know for sure is that Robby Anderson loves to go fast in the state of Florida. I told you all in week 1 of Let’s Get Weird that it would take him a while to build a rapport with Sam Darnold. Week 4 was when I think this is the week he has a big game. I think he’ll beat A.J Bouye for a 50+ yard TD and go over 100 yards in the game. Most importantly, I think he manages to not fumble this week.
Four more sacksThe Jets have been able to successfully dial up blitzes and get to the QB the last two weeks. With the Jaguars started left tackle, Cam Robinson, out for the year with an injury, the Jets can take advantage of the left side of the Jaguars offensive line with stunts and blitzes. I think they get another four sacks on Sunday.
It’s likely that the Jaguars won’t sign Dante Fowler Jr. long term barring some unforeseen progress. Many expect him to be a target of the New York Jets in free agency next offseason. This could be a chance for him to show the Jets what they could possibly have. Let’s hope it doesn’t end with him bowing to the Jets sideline after a game ending strip sack, a la Earl Thomas last week.