Jets Preview: Jags may be one of the toughest this season

Aug 11, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Ivory (33) is tackled by New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets will look for back-to-back wins at MetLife Stadium this Sunday as they go up against a Jaguars team that has been on a steady incline.

The Jaguars, who are above .500 for the first time since 2011, will be a tough obstacle for the Jets to overcome, however.

While the Jaguars have been a below average team in the league for quite some time, they have, for the most part, always kept it close with the Jets. Jacksonville has won six of the 11 total meetings between the teams.

They are also quite a few steps ahead in their rebuilding process compared to the Jets. They have acquired many of their starters through early first round draft picks. Players such as Blake Bortles, Leonard Fournette, Jalen Ramsey and so on have helped put this team in position to be a threat down the road.

Those same players (and others) are the same reason the Jets may struggle against them on Sunday.

While the Jets have played against similar teams in terms of play style, the Jaguars will present new challenges. The Jaguars offense, for example, is nothing more than a well-oiled machine. It consists of a lot of moving parts, something an inexperienced Jets team has only had to deal with slightly so far this season.

These moving parts consist of a strong running game, something the Jets had struggled to contain until last week when they stopped Miami’s Jay Ajayi from doing anything on the ground, and toughness in the passing game, with two young and speedy receivers in Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee who may give the Jets older corners a run for their money.

In many aspects, this Jaguars team can be compared to the Oakland team the Jets faced in Week 2. With a power back and a few flashy receivers, the Jets may be able to keep it close for a bit, but the Jags could easily run away with this game.

And while the Green & White were able to handle Miami’s offensive weapons last week, much of that came from the inefficiencies from their quarterback, Jay Cutler. It can be argued that while Blake Bortles isn’t much of an upgrade, it should be taken into consideration that he played lights out last week against Baltimore.

So while the Jets will look to stay hot, the Jaguars should hope not to fall into the same trap the Dolphins did last week. The Jets likely aren’t an AFC playoff contender, but they will play a full 60 minutes of football as they look to build off of experience.

On a more positive note, the Jets have won the last three match ups against Jacksonville, something they will likely use as motivation to come out on top again on Sunday.

And…back to a not-so-positive note, Josh McCown hasn’t won back-to-back games since 2004 when he was with the Cardinals, according to Brian Costello.

– Kyle Hirshkind is the Managing Editor for cover32/Jets and covers the New York Jets. Like and follow on

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