Matchup: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New York Jets
Date/Time: August 17th, 7:30 PM ET
Television: NFL Network
Spread: Jets -2.5
A pair of losers from the first week of NFL betting action in the preseason are going to meet once again on the gridiron in the NFL Network game to kick off Friday night’s action, as the New York Jets host the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jaguars haven’t exactly had a history of winning all that much, and they haven’t played well in the preseason either. Last week though, was the disappointment of all disappointments against the Miami Dolphins. Sure, the Fins had an extra game under their belt, and that probably helped out quite a bit, but in the end, scoring just three points and getting whipped in every quarter in a preseason game just isn’t good. WR Justin Blackmon barked on the sidelines in a game in which he wasn’t playing, and it’s anyone’s guess as to whether he is going to be out there or not this week in spite of the fact that he was activated from the PUP list. Jacksonville needs him for sure in Week 1 was any indication. QB Chad Henne was okay, throwing for 87 yards on 8-of-11 passing, but QB Blaine Gabbert was miserable, going 5-of-10 for 19 yards with a pick. The defense allowed Miami to just continue to poke holes in the ground game, and though 106 yards on 36 carries isn’t bad, it’s not good either.
The Jets remain a laughing stock, and the whole world loved the chance to poke fun at QB Mark Sanchez for throwing a pick six on a screen pass on the first drive of the season. Unfortunately for Head Coach Rex Ryan, Sanchez is really the only halfway decent option that he has to call upon right now. Yes, Sanchez did ultimately lead the team on a touchdown drive, something that he didn’t do the entire preseason last year, and he did put up some good numbers, going 10-of-13. However, he’s still Mark Sanchez, and he still doesn’t have the confidence of the team around him. QB Geno Smith just had an atrocious week of practice, and after throwing four interceptions on Tuesday, we have a hard time believing that, barring a Sanchez butt fumble-sized meltdown, the rookie is going to get a chance to start at any point early on in the season. Smith injured his ankle at the end of his time in that loss to the Detroit Lions, and QB Greg McIlroy truthfully looked the part of the better of these two quarterbacks.
We really don’t understand why in the heck the oddsmakers have lined this ‘total’ at 39. Neither the Jets nor the Jaguars have a quarterback with any merit on their roster, and we think that the oddsmakers made a real mistake adjusting the ‘totals’ up as high as they did this week after the 12-5 start to the season for ‘over’ backers in Week 1 of the preseason (and the Hall of Fame Game).
Jacksonville Jaguars @ New York Jets Pick: Under 39
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