On Saturday the New York Jets returned home to MetLife Stadium to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in week two of the preseason. After trailing 13-10 at half time the Jets defense shut out the Jaguars and the offense scored 27 points to make the Jets 1-1 in the preseason with a 37-13 victory.
The opening kickoff was taken by the Jets down field with a nice return by Clyde Gates to the 41 yard line. Mark Sanchez drove the team down the field and connected with Jeff Cumberland for 23 yards to open the scoring 7-0. The Jaguars used the hurry up offense to march down the field themselves and tie up the game at seven apiece. Billy Cundiff connected from 30 yards out on the Jets next drive, marked by a 37-yard rip from Bilal Powell. Josh Scobee hit a 23-yard field goal to tie the game at 10 each.
Marcus Trufant picked Mark Sanchez, on a pass intended for Kellen Winslow in the end zone to end the first drive of the period. Quinton Coples came unblocked at Chad Henne and smacked the ball out of his hand, but originally it was ruled as an incomplete pass. The Jets challenged and the ruling was confirmed. Scobee ended that Jaguars drive with a 35-yard field goal to put them up 13-10. On a muffed punt by the Jaguars the Jets recovered at the three yard line but could not do anything with it and did not score as the half expired.
Sanchez, working with the second team offense, found Braylon Edwards for 27 yards to start their opening drive of the second half. The Jets punted as Ryan Quigley got all the punting duties and Robert Malone was out due to injury. The subsequent Jets drive ended in a Kahlil Bell touchdown run with a drive that had started near midfield. On the first play of the Jaguars next drive, Danny Lansanah picked Chad Henne and despite a fumble, which Antonio Allen recovered, the Jets were inside the red zone to score again. Bell ran it in again a few plays later to make the score 24-13 Jets. Nick Folk connected from 54 yards to make the score 27-13 on a drive highlighted by a nice catch and run by Konrad Reuland.
After Sanchez played three quarters, Matt Simms finally saw some time on the field. Simms drove the team down the field, connecting twice with Ryan Spadola. Billy Cundiff made a 26-yard field goal that ended that drive to extend the lead to 30-13. Mike Edwards recovered a snap that went over quarterback Mike Kafka's head for another touchdown to make it 37-13. A combination of the second and third team defenses shut out the Jaguars in the second half.
Next up for the New York Jets is the yearly traditional battle with the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. It appears Geno Smith will be given the starting nod since Mark Sanchez played so much in the Jaguars game. After Saturday it should become much more clear who will be named starter for week one.
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