To defeat the decorated, albeit slightly overrated, New York Jets, the one-dimensional ground and pound offense is not going to work with the 3rd ranked rushing defense from a year ago. Jacksonville Jaguars QB Luke McCown will have to throw that ball if he wants to stay in a starting role with this team.
McCown made a few eye-popping throws last week against the Titans, but going up against shutdown corner Darelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie is on a whole other level. The fact that McCown might be without a few of his weapons is not encouraging either. Marcedes Lewis and Jason Hill have been missing practices during the week and they could be game time decisions with no guarantee that they will both be fully effective. It is a shame, since these two receivers are the most instrumental to the Jaguars' chances of success this Sunday.
Cromartie, despite being blazing fast, has had a habit of getting beaten on the deep ball lately, which would have been a perfect role for Jason Hill to fill. Another weakness of the Jets defense is that they seem to have a hard time defending against tight ends, even dating back to the 2009 matchup between these two teams. On that famous last drive, Marcedes Lewis caught 30+ yard pass that set up Maurice Jones-Drew's famous kneel at the goal line. Now, with Lewis banged up, the spotlight is on third year tight end Zach Miller, who seems to have fought off the injury bug for now. Some fans seems to have written him off, but on Sunday, he has the chance to quiet all of the nonbelievers. Personally, I can't wait (Yes, I went there) wait to see how he does.
I just wonder if we might get a postgame snippet of Mojo pulling a Bart Scott….
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