Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11) at New York Jets (10-6)
NFL Football: Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm (MetLife Stadium)
The Line: New York Jets -1.5 -- Over/Under: 36.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets play a preseason game Thursday night at MetLife Stadium.
The Jacksonville Jaguars haven’t made the playoffs since 2007, but they do have a young team to be excited about this season. The Jags hope they can get even more progress out of Blake Bortles and added guys like Chris Ivory to add some pop to the offense overall. Of course, this game will be more about backups Chad Henne and rookies Brandon Allen and Max Wittek. Jacksonville likely isn’t keeping four quarterbacks on its depth chart, so one has to go. Defensively, the Jacksonville Jaguars have a couple of rookies who may crack the starting rotation in linebacker Myles Jack and cornerback Jalen Ramsey. This will also be the first time seeing Dante Fowler Jr. after he injured him before last years preseason.
The New York Jets haven’t made the playoffs in five straight seasons but think they’re heading in the right direction under Todd Bowles. The Jets have quarterback issues with Ryan Fitzpatrick still not signed, which means we’re getting a heavy dose of Geno Smith, Bryce Petty and rookie Christian Hackenberg. Despite the jokes, Smith has shown flashes of being a decent quarterback, but the Jets can’t be thrilled with that trio heading into the preseason. This will also be the first time people see Matt Forte in anything other than a Chicago Bears jersey. Defensively, the New York Jets starting unit is pretty much set, but we will get looks at promising rookies in Darron Lee and Jordan Jenkins.
The Jaguars are 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 vs. AFC and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Jets are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Jaguars are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings in New York.
The Jags were solid in last year's preseason and it's because they have a young roster eager to prove itself and some OK quarterback depth. Remember, Henne was a starter in this league for a while. The Jets are a mess at QB and it's hard to side with them knowing that. I'll take Jacksonville and the free point.