NFL Week 16 Begins with Ho-Hum ‘Thursday Night Football’ Match
Posted on: December 23, 2022, 02:11h.
Last updated on: December 23, 2022, 02:29h.
The Jacksonville Jaguars kept their playoff possibilities alive following a win in their Thursday Night Football clash with the New York Jets. However, if they have any real aspirations of making a deep postseason run, they can’t continue to play like they did.
The Jaguars remain in the fight to reach the playoffs with their 19-3 win over the Jets. It wasn’t a pretty win, and both sidelines had a lot of difficulty developing a solid cadence.
The Jags fumbled the ball on the first possession, which the Jets converted for three points off a field goal. They wouldn’t score again for the rest of what was a lackluster and error-prone 60 minutes of football.
Jags Find a Way to Hang On
The victory allows the Jaguars to hold on to second place in the AFC South, with seven wins and eight losses. It also gives them a shot at the postseason and a run on the division-leading Tennessee Titans.
The Jets, meanwhile, are last in the AFC East with a 7-8 record. That definitively keeps them out of postseason range. But it’s still better than their 4-13 and 2-14 records from the two previous seasons.
Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence gave a decent performance, putting up 229 passing and 51 rushing yards, as well as scoring the team’s only TD. While the offense got the job done, there are holes that need to be filled quickly.
Zach Wilson's stats in back to back games against the Lions and Jaguars, two of the worst defenses in the NFL:
27/53 (50.9%), 409 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT.
— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) December 23, 2022
Zach Wilson, the number-two pick in the 2021 draft, was all over the place – 77 yards in one game, 355 in another – and had to be benched in favor of fourth-string quarterback Chris Streveler after putting up 92 yards and an INT.
Streveler didn’t provide any relief. He only managed to add 90 yards. But on the bright side, he completed 66% of his passes.
In the first quarter of the game, the defenses were in control.
The Jaguars’ offense improved in the second quarter. After some initial struggles, they went for 96 yards on a drive that culminated in Lawrence’s score to move ahead 10-3. Even so, the offense never seemed to click.
Jets Defense Proves Effective
The Jets showed one thing on Thursday night. Their defense was a well-oiled machine that continued to find ways to keep the Jaguars from any real success. The offense’s lack of rhythm meant the defense stayed on the field for most of the game. But they played through the exhaustion to keep the Jags out of the end zone.
Jacksonville could only muster two more field goals through the rest of the game – one in the third quarter and the other in the fourth. If the Jags want anything better than an early exit in the NFL postseason, they’re going to have to play a lot smarter.
The Jags were the underdogs on Thursday night, although the lines were extremely tight. What was a bigger shock was the total, which should have been much higher.
The over has been successful for both of these teams. Even though the over/under was low at 37, they didn’t come anywhere close to that.
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