Who: New York Jets vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
When: 7:30 p.m. EDT
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Media: TV – CBS/NFL Network, DirecTV – N/A, Radio – ESPN N.Y. 98.7 FM, Sirius – 113, Sirius XM – XM 226, Internet Audio – Audio Pass.
Their Previous Meeting: The last time these two teams met, the Greg McElroy-led Jets were coming off a 7-6 home victory over the Arizona Cardinals. A week later Mark Sanchez was reinserted into the starting lineup to take a crack at the two-win Jacksonville Jaguars. Both offenses proved to be non-factors in the first half of play with the Jets taking a shutout into the third quarter while the Jaguars only managed a field goal with just under seven minutes in the half. Things picked up as the Jets went on to score points three consecutive times and it was their running game that was the driving force with Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell going in for scores with a Nick Folk field goal sandwiched in between. The Jaguars had a chances to get back into the game after scoring on a 32 yard Montell Owens run in the fourth but the Jets’ defense held firm and New York came away with a 17-10 victory.
Jets: NT Kenrick Ellis (Back–Out), C Dalton Freeman (Ankle–Out), FB Lex Hilliard (Ribs–Out), WR Santonio Holmes (Foot–Out), P Robert Malone (Back–Out), LB Josh Mauga (Back–Out), RB Joe McKnight (Head–Out), QB Geno Smith (Ankle–Out), and G Brian Winters (Ankle–Out).
Jets: NT Kenrick Ellis, C Dalton Freeman, FB Lex Hilliard, WR Santonio Holmes, P Robert Malone, LB Josh Mauga, RB Joe McKnight, QB Geno Smith, and G Brian Winters.
Jaguars: LB Russell Allen, DT Brandon Deaderick, RB Justin Forsett, CB Jeremy Harris, T Luke Joeckel, WR Cecil Shorts III, and TE Isaiah Stanback.
Jets Game Captains: T.B.A.
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The big story tonight is the quarterback competition which is now suddenly on hold as Geno Smith rests his ankle which he injured last Friday against the Detroit Lions. So it will be the Mark Sanchez show as he tries to convince the staff, and the fans, that he should be the starter. Beyond that, there are still plenty of battles and questions to look forward to.
Who steps up and pulls away in the safety competition? How does Tommy Bohanon do? How does the right side of the offensive line fair? How does Chris Ivory looks bowling over defenders? Who continues to step up at receiver? Who can serve as a return man with McKnight out? How is Milliner adjusting? What does Ryan Quigley bring to the table and much more.
While it is the preseason, it’s difficult not to feel some sort of excitement for tonight’s game as the Jets make their debut at the Big Slinky…and debut the, uh, new J-E-T-S Jets chant which should be … interesting.