EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 18: Muhammad Wilkerson #96 of the New York Jets sacks Luke McCown #12 of the Jacksonville Jaguars for a safety at MetLife Stadium on September 18, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

NFL Week 2: New York Jets Blow Out Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jags had an overwhelming challenge against the Mark Sanchez and the Jets.

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Jaguars Week 2 Recap: Jets Dominate, Jags Lose 32-3

The Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1) could not handle the Jets (2-0) and their impressive defense, losing a laugher 32 to 3. The Jaguars defense did not play particularly terrible football, but four Luke McCown interceptions ensured the Jets offense would have a comfortable starting position in nearly each drive. With their backs against the wall, the defense only allowed 182 passing yards to Mark Sanchez and 101 rushing yards to the entire Jets offense.

However, what the statistics do not show is that the Jets got just about all the yards they needed, as Sanchez passed for a pair of touchdowns, Shonn Green ran for another score, and kicker Nick Folk was able to boot three field goals without needing to kick from any further out than 45 yards.

The story of the day came down to the impressive Jets defense, which coaxed four interceptions and a safety sack (on the opening drive, no less) from quarterback Luke McCown. As the game reached the ludicrous zone, the Jaguars elected to send in rookie Blaine Gabbert under center. Gabbert completed 5 of 6 attempts for 52 yards, but the effort of more cute than impressive.

On the bright side, the Jaguars defense did pick off Mark Sanchez twice in the first half, and Maurice Jones-Drew averaged nearly 5 yards per carry. But, taken altogether, the Jaguars were thoroughly over-matched today. Consider the case of Mike Thomas, who was targeted a whopping 10 times today, but had only 3 receptions for 29 yards and no touchdowns.

Luke McCown's terrible game today may lead to (a) an even sooner inaguration for Gabbert and (b) much heightened criticism for the sudden release of David Garrard.

The Jacksonville Jaguars play Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers next Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS. For Jaguars updates, commentary, and community, head over to Big Cat Country.


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Jags Week 2: Jets In Control, Up 15-3 At The Half

The Jets-Jags game has taken an unfortunate turn. Through the first two quarters, Jaguars quarter Luke McCown has been sacked for a safety and has tossed two picks as the Jets have burst to a 15 to 3 lead over the Jaguars.

One bright spot of the first half has been the Jags defense -- namely its ability to generate takeaways from Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. So far, William Middleton and defensive end Matt Roth have both produced interceptions against the lately pass-happy Jets' offense.

Also, Maurice-Jones Drew is well on his way to breaking 100 yards rushing in the game -- assuming the Jaguars don't get behind enough to warrant a pass-only offense. If the offense can get a touchdown soon, Drew has a chance to take over the clock.



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Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets Week 2 Preview

The Jags will have a tough challenge against the Mark Sanchez and the Jets.

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