The Jaguars opened the season on a positive note by beating the Tennessee Titans, 16-14, last Sunday, but things get much tougher this Sunday when they go to New York to face the Jets.
Although the Jaguars beat the Jets on the road, 24-22, in the last meeting between the two teams, the Jets figure to be a much more difficult challenge than the Titans were.
Chris Johnson of the Titans was playing in his first game since ending his holdout and looked out of sync as the Jaguars held him to just 24 yards in nine carries.
And veteran Matt Hasselbeck, in his first year with the Titans, wasn't always on the same page with his receivers although he completed 21 of 34 passes for 268 yards.
Against the Jets, the Jaguars will face quarterback Mark Sanchez, who is in his third year with the team and has led the Jets to the AFC title game the last two years.
One key for the Jets will be stopping Maurice Jones-Drew, who ran 24 times for 123 yards when the Jaguars beat the Jets in 2009.
Last year, he played with a knee injury that eventually forced him to miss the final two games of the season even though he made the Pro Bowl for the second consecutive year.
Although he carried only five times in the preseason, all in the final game, he seems to have made a complete recovery from his offseason surgery as he ran 24 times for 97 yards.
Jones-Drew, though, wanted the ball more.
"I feel like I could have played more. Last year, I played on one leg, now I have two. I feel like (I'm) being monitored, if that seems more of a precaution, that's (something) we don't need to do. They (coaches) know I'm very unhappy about that. Every player on this team wants to play and I felt like I had more in the tank," he said.
When it was pointed out that more carries could affect his longevity, he said, "You can't worry about that. You worry about the future, you don't take care of the present."
He also told the writers they shouldn't write a story about that because it wasn't that serious.
But it will be interesting to see how many carries he gets against the Jets.
MJD Wants the Offense to Run Through Him
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