On the latest episode of The Jets Zone, Boy Green speaks with a Jacksonville Jaguars Insider to get the latest information on the New York Jets next opponents.
The New York Jets continue their early-season road ways when they play the Jacksonville Jaguars during Week 4 of the brand-new NFL season. The Jags were in the AFC Championship game last year and have seemingly got even better.
While the Jets started off the season with a thrilling win over the Detroit Lions, they’re currently in the midst of a two-game losing streak.
In an attempt to get a better scope of what’s going on, The Jets Zone and Boy Green sat down with Jacksonville Jaguars Insider Zach Goodall of the Locked on Jaguars podcast to break down this matchup in detail. You can check out the full audio version below via Sports War Radio.
On top of the audio version, he also asked him five-burning questions heading into this matchup below! Is Blake Bortles really that good? Is the Jags defense the best in the NFL? Plus, how is this game going to play out on Sunday?
#NYJvsJAX breakdown: @BoyGreen25 spoke w/ @zach_goodall of @LockedOnJaguars to examine the belief in Blake Bortles + how good is this #duuuval defense + can #Jets QB Sam Darnold bounce back. Via @SportsWarRadio TOJ Digital #JetUp @EliteSportsNY @JCaporoso https://t.co/TlI5q0b6a9
— The Jets Zone (@TheJets_Zone) September 26, 2018
1. Give us a brief synopsis on the season to date for the Jacksonville Jaguars so far and have expectations been met?
The Jaguars’ 2018 season has provided moments of excitement and moments of “what did I just watch?”, much like their 2017 AFC South Division Championship season. The talent is there for this team to win a Super Bowl, but inconsistency’s on offense can sometimes hold the team back.
2. Do you make anything of the success that the Jaguars have had when Leonard Fournette is not in the lineup? I believe the Jaguars are 4-1 in those scenarios and outside of this past Tennessee Titans game have really put up points. How important is he to the team?
The gameplan with Fournette in is much more conservative than when he isn’t, but both work in their own ways. I’d venture to say the offense is more consistent with him on the field than not.
3. We all know about ASJ, but who are some of the other playmakers for the Jaguars of note on offense?
While Keelan Cole is the playmaker at WR, Dede Westbrook is becoming Bortles’ most reliable target. Much like Marqise Lee, who led the team in targets and catches last year, Westbrook excels on short routes and conversion plays. He perfectly fits the West Coast passing concepts Bortles performs well with.
4. Of course, we have to talk about that defense. Are there any weaknesses within this unit? Feel free to wax poetic and describe what makes them so special.
This year, the Jaguars have much fewer sacks and turnovers than they did through three games of 2017, but that isn’t an issue. QBs aren’t targeting the all-star CB duo in Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye. The pass rush is near the top of the league in QB pressures. They’re just as dominant as they were last year, despite the box score saying otherwise.
5. Finally, a prediction. How do you see this one playing out?
I see the Jaguars defense forcing Sam Darnold into some of his poor decision-making woes that hurt him in college, which will lead to a big showing from the Jaguars defense. 24-14, Jacksonville.