Jets vs. Jaguars Game Sept30Jets_Digitaly - Page 81

JAGUARS WRAP THREE-GAME HOMESTAND AGAINST THE NEW YORK JETS JACKSONVILLE – It is much too early in the season to talk about “must-win” games. Those only come up when playoff berths are on the line or in the postseason. After what happened last week in a 9-6 loss to the Tennessee Titans, the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-1) could sure use a winning result today against the New York Jets (1-2) in a 1:00 p.m. kickoff at TIAA Bank Field. The Jags need this one in more ways than one: to get right and look like a Super Bowl- contending team again, to fi nish the fi rst quarter of the season with a winning record, to fi nish a three-game homestand with a 2-1 mark… All of that would be great for this football team to overcome an underwhelming performance a week ago and get right. It is also an important result today considering what lies ahead over the next couple of weeks. Next week, the Jaguars head to one of the most hostile environments in the NFL, Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, to face quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the red-hot Kansas City Chiefs (3-0). The week after, it is a trip to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, to face the Dallas Cowboys (1-2). Two tough road games are on the horizon, so a win at home today to improve to 3-1 would take a little bit of the edge off those plane rides. A 2-2 record heading into those environments could make those games a crossroads as to how the 2018 season feels moving ahead. First things fi rst, though… The New York Jets, a team that knocked off the Jags last season. Last season the Jets topped the Jaguars 23- 20 in overtime at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. This was the game when Jets running back Bilal Powell ran for a 75-yard touchdown when he avoided a tackle from Telvin Smith, was not touched down and then sprinted the rest of the way. Elijah McGuire had a 69-yard rushing score for the Jets. Jaguars Linebacker Paul Posluszny was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for the fi rst time in his career. Myles Jack had an 81-yard fumble recovery return for a touchdown. The Jets won the game in overtime with 28 seconds remaining on a 41-yard fi eld goal by Chandler Catanzaro. It was just an all-around frustrating and weird day in New Jersey last October 1. Time to right that wrong and get back on track all at the same time. Last week against the Titans the Jaguars offense struggled to fi nd any consistency, only passing the 50-yard line twice in the game and never reaching the red zone. Quarterback Blake Bortles misfi red on occasion, had a few balls tipped at the line of scrimmage and had receivers drop critical throws. The running game could not fi nd any consistency with