The Jacksonville Jaguars will take their 1-0 record on the road to the new Meadowlands and take on the New York Jets. The Jaguars beat Tennessee last week to get a leg up in the AFC South. With the Colts missing Peyton Manning, and the Texans inability over the years to not win big games, the Jaguars know they have a shot at competing. Their week two opponent will be Rex Ryan and his New York Jets. The Jets are coming off a thrilling Sunday night win over the Dallas Cowboys. New York trailed most of the game, but came back with a late rally to win the game. The Jets are out of the AFC East, where they will have to compete with the New England Patriots for divisional supremacy.
New York Jets (-9.5)
The New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez continues to improve and mature as the man behind center. The former USC quarterback completed 26 of 44 passes for 335 yards and 2 touchdowns in the win on Sunday night. New York saw their new wide receiver Plexico Burress catch his first touchdown pass since his return to the National Football League. The Jets defense was not sharp against Dallas, allowing the Cowboys to pick up 326 passing yards. New York will look to get their running game going as Shonn Green and LaDainian Tomlinson combined for just 42 rushing yards. New York, after this game play their next three games on the road, concluding the road trip at divisional rival New England.
Jacksonville Jaguars (+9.5)
The Jacksonville Jaguars are thrilled with their 1-0 start to the 2011 season. Jack Del Rio and his staff also know after week one, they have a ton of things to work one. The first issue for Jacksonville coming into the season was their quarterback play. Jacksonville released former starter David Garrard and went with the inexperienced Luke McCown. McCown kept the offense on the field, and finished the game with 175 passing yards. Maurice Jones-Drew was the main offensive star for the Jaguars. MJD rushed 24 times for 97 yards and a touchdown in the win. Jacksonville on the defensive side of the ball allowed just 43 rushing yards to Tennessee.
The Jets should come away with a win in this game. Even if this game was in Jacksonville, New York is just that much more of a talented team than the Jaguars. A few things may change that though. First, Mark Sanchez has the ability to throw the ball away in big positions. Hopefully for Rex Ryan and the Jets he can hang onto the football. If he does not, Jacksonville will put themselves in a good spot. Lastly, Maurice Jones-Drew is a stud. If he goes off and has a monster game, the Jaguars could be in good position, and the Jets could be in some trouble. In saying that, expect Rex Ryan and his defense to be just completely dominant in this game. The Jets offense will get some early points, and roll. We are betting the New York Jets -9.5 over the Jacksonville Jaguars in this game.