The Jaguars have to attack the Jets with their strong running game led by Maurice Jones-Drew. This will be successful, but only to a certain extent, because the Jaguars cannot afford to be a one dimensional offense in this game. Quite frankly, they may not have a choice though. Luke McCown will struggle in this game due to the cornerback tandem in Antonio Cromartie and Darrelle Revis; arguably one of the league’s best duo. The Jaguars have no answer at wide receiver for those two defenders, so their only real chance is to run the ball and throw to tight end, Marcedes Lewis. Either the Jaguars receiving corps will have to step up big time or MJD will have to have a monster game for the Jags to have a chance of putting up enough points to win this game. The advantage goes to the Jets defense as they will hassle McCown all day, but although the Jags may not lose this game, they will keep it close and cover the week 2 NFL lines that have ballooned the spread to Jaguars +9 (-115).
Not many people realize this, but the Jaguars have significantly improved their defense in this past offseason and possibly have one of the best run defenses in the NFL. The combination of LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene will pose no threat to Jacksonville, which will force the Jets to go to the pass more than they would like to. The Jets’ passing attack will be a real problem for the Jaguars, as Rashean Mathis and Derek Cox (if he plays) do not match up well with Plaxico Burress and Santonio Holmes. The Jaguars linebackers and Dawan Landry will be the game changers and will keep this defense in contention for all sixty minutes. Overall, the Jets have never been known for their offense and I feel that the Jaguars will shut down the run and have enough composure to maintain the Jets receivers at bay. I still like the Jets to win this game at home and improve to 2-0, but I’m throwing my money at the NFL lines at Bodog Sportsbook and expecting the Jags to keep it to within single digits.
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Week 2 NFL Lines
Jaguars +9 (-115) vs Jets -9 (-105)