That means it is time to review the head-to-head history between the two franchises. The history recap is pretty intriguing this week, as these two teams aren’t extremely familiar with each other, but have met 13 times previously. It’s been a series of runs in terms of wins. Let’s break it down.
All-time regular season series record: Tied 6-6
Postseason record: Jets 1-0 (1998-1999 season)
Last Jaguars win: Nov. 15, 2009 (24-22)
Last Jets win: Oct. 1, 2017 (23-20)
Current Streak: Jets have won four straight
Biggest Jaguars win: 41-0 (Oct. 8, 2006)
Biggest Jets win: 32-3 (Sept. 18, 2011)
Interesting takeaway: Each of the past three games, and four of the past five games, have been decided by one score.
Quick thoughts: While the series itself is very close, the two clubs seem to go on winning streaks before the other team pulls off another W. The first four meetings saw a two-to-two win split, but the Jags then won four of the following five games, and the Jets have now taken the last four meetings. So it seems to be a series of streaks, or periods of time where one team is dominating the other. The Jags will look to break New York’s current winning streak against them on Sunday.
Date: Oct. 1, 2017
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Team Stats: Jacksonville — 140 passing yards, 175 rushing yards, 20 first downs
New York — 255 passing yards, 256 rushing yards, 18 first downs
Quick recap: The Jaguars had no business losing this game, but did due to a poor effort from Blake Bortles, coupled with an inability to stop the run on defense. New York carved up the Jaguars on the ground with 255 rushing yards. Bortles completed just 42 percent of his passes and threw a costly pick late in the third quarter that led to a field goal for the Jets. Myles Jack breathed new life into the Jags with an 81-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, and Jason Myers (now a Jet) tied the game at 20 and forced overtime. The Jets eventually kicked a game-winning field goal with just 32 seconds left in the extra period.
Date: Nov. 8, 2015
Location: MetLife Stadium
Team Stats: Jacksonville — 381 passing yards, 98 rushing yards, 19 first downs
New York — 272 passing yards, 29 rushing yards, 14 first downs
Quick recap: The Jaguars actually dominated this game, significantly out-gaining the Jets through the air and on the ground. Jacksonville held Chris Ivory and the New York rushing attack to 29 rushing yards on 28 attempts (1.03 yards per carry). But in typical 2015 Jaguars fashion, they turned the ball over four times — Blake Bortles had three of which, throwing two interceptions and fumbling twice (losing one). The Jets were able to capitalize and walked away with the victory.
Series By Decade:
1990s: Series tied 2-2 (one playoff win for Jets)
2000-2010: Jaguars dominated 4-1
2011-Present: Jets have dominated 4-0
Quick thoughts: We saw a couple of close, competitive matchups in the ‘90s, followed by Jacksonville owning New York throughout the first decade of the 2000s, and currently the Jets have Jacksonville’s number. More than half of the games in the series have been decided by seven points or less. Only four games were decided by 14 points or more. The Jaguars outscored the Jets 129 to 58 in the five meetings during the 2000s. The Jets have outscored the Jaguars 100-56 during their current four-game winning streak.
Fast forward to 2018, and this game has eerily similar circumstances to the 2017 contest:
- The game is being played in Week 4
- The Jaguars have a 2-1 record
- The Jets have a 1-2 record
- Jacksonville’s one loss came via the Tennessee Titans
Let’s hope that doesn’t mean that history is going to repeat itself. On paper, the Jaguars should destroy the Jets with rookie quarterback Sam Darnold playing against this vaunted defense. But it was New York’s rushing attack that was too much for Jacksonville to handle last season. The Jags, while still not great against the rush, have vastly improved in that area since last year’s game against the Jets.
I think the Jaguars bounce back with a comfortable — but not easy — victory this week, and sweep the New York teams. What are your thoughts?
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