As you watch the Jacksonville Jaguars face the New York Jets from the comfort of your favorite chair, you might want to key in on a few of these matchups.
5. WR Mike Thomas/Jason Hill v. CB Darrelle Revis
After a bit of a media feud with Jason Hill, tensions might run a bit high with Jets CB Darrelle Revis. I'm not saying that it's going to break out into a full fist fight like the Johnson-Finnegan brawl from last year, but I'm sure there will be a few incidents where there will be words exchanged.
Cecil Shorts has serious speed and he has good hands. If Jason Hill is out of the lineup, he could have his first professional start. Shorts went to college at Division III powerhouse, Mt. Union and has been under the radar throughout his college career. He has a chance to make everyone stand up and notice him now with a solid performance against the Jets.
3. DE Jeremy Mincey v. LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson
If the Jags want to make their day a lot easier, Jeremy Mincey needs to win this matchup. Mincey has looked solid so far and being the high motor player, that we all love, I expect him to get a couple of good shots at Mark Sanchez. I would expect him to be playing this on repeat in his sleep. It's funny how he references opposing players getting a concussion in the song. Coincidence? I think not.
2. Jaguars offensive line v. Jets blitz packages
It is no secret that the Jets love to blitz. The main question is if the Jaguars o-line keep the pass rush at bay long enough to let McCown throw. Will Rackley struggled a bit in his debut, but was still pretty solid against an average Titans defensive line. The true test comes this week. The other weak link is Eben Britton, who is finally back in the lineup after sustaining a back injury.He will have to get back in stride quickly or else McCown will be picking his teeth off of the field.
1. TE Zach Miller v. Jets secondary
Okay, I'm getting tired of beating this drum, but Zach Miller absolutely needs to have a big game in order for the Jaguars to be successful on Sunday. As a Dallas Clark type of tight end, he will be a mismatch against whichever linebacker is paired up against him. He has the tools; he's 6-4, he runs a 4.53 (which is freakish) , and he is usually a relable target and he just needs to step up. If not, GM Gene Smith will probably have to start looking for another tight end to complement Marcedes Lewis.Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Cecil Shorts, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Eben Britton, Football, Gene Smith, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jaguars, Jason Hill, Jeremy Mincey, Mike Thomas, NFL, Will Rackley, Zach Miller