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  • Benjamin Gerstel

Can the Jets get a W as a gift against the Jags

Coming off a three-week losing skid, the New York Jets are looking to bounce back in a favorable week 16 matchup. Only two teams in the league have a worse record than the Jets (3-11) and their opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-12), happen to be one of them.

This matchup presents one of the most exciting rookie duels of the season, as the number one and number two overall picks of last year’s draft go head-to-head. Zach Wilson (BYU), and Trevor Lawrence (Clemson), will share the stage for the first time of many. Christmas Sunday, they face off in MetLife Stadium during the 1:00 PM slate.

With a combined five wins between both teams, this game certainly won’t have a playoff atmosphere. While Jacksonville owns the number one overall pick, the New York Jets own the fourth and eighth overall selection.

Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was appointed interim head coach for Jacksonville, after the Urban Meyer fiasco finally ended. Bevell recently handed off play calling duties to Brian Schottenheimer, who helped the Seattle Seahawks lead the league in rushing in 2018.

Schottenheimer has been a key figure in Trevor Lawrence’s development, and will be better at catering to Lawrence’s needs, than Urban Meyer. James Robinson’s impact should also increase for Jacksonville.

This week hasn’t started off ideally for New York, as 21 members of the Jets were on the COVID-19 list. This includes big names like Robert Saleh, and Alijah Vera-Tucker. Another tough situation for New York has been Elijah Moore. This past week, he was shut down on the IR due to a quad injury. Elijah Moore’s injury, combined with all of the COVID news and practice issues relating to those, present a challenging week for the Jets. While the Jets may be home, this week seems like an uphill battle for them.

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