Rebooting is a major theme for the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets heading into Week 4.
Both teams are coming off disappointing showings in Week 3 and get a chance for redemption Sunday afternoon when the Jets visit the Jaguars.
A week ago, the Jaguars (2-1) were riding high after containing Tom Brady and getting a 31-20 win over the New England Patriots. Now they are hoping to rebound from a dismal effort at home in a 9-6 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
“Just got to move on,” Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell said. “Grade the tape and put everything into this game. Good teams don’t lose two in a row.”
The tape will likely provide a failing grade for the Jaguars, who were unable to cross midfield on seven of 10 drives and did not enter the red zone for the first time since December 2016 against Denver. Blake Bortles completed 21 of 34 passes and totaled 155 yards.
Bortles was not helped by several drops, and the Jaguars mustered 232 net yards. He also had to play without star running back Leonard Fournette (hamstring), who is listed as day-to-day along with No. 2 RB T.J. Yeldon (ankle).
If neither play, Jacksonville’s backfield would be reduced to Corey Grant, Brandon Wilds and fullback Tommy Bohanon.
The Jets (1-2) put up 48 points and owned the back pages of New York tabloids after rookie Sam Darnold turned in an electrifying performance in Detroit on Sept. 10.
The followups to the impressive season-opening win have been disappointing for the Jets, who won five games last season.
They faced a 20-point deficit before taking a 20-12 loss to Miami at home in Week 2. Last Thursday, New York coughed up a two-touchdown lead and took a 21-17 loss in Cleveland, leading to criticism of coach Todd Bowles, who acknowledged it this week.
“There were a lot of things we could have done better that have hurt us in the past two or three weeks that we are going to try and work on,” Bowles said. “We understand that we need to do a better job on both sides.”
Darnold completed 16 of 21 passes in Week 1, but in the two losses, he has one touchdown and four interceptions.
“Jacksonville is a great defense,” Darnold said. “Obviously, they’ve got great players, but they also play together very well. That’s what I noticed and that’s going to be a fun challenge going up against them in their place.”
—Field Level Media