(Sports Network) – Luke McCown’s (175 passing yards) start last week was his first since December of 2007. He had a 70.8 completion percentage against the Titans, tied with Houston’s Matt Schaub for best in the AFC for Week 1. In his last game against the Jets, Maurice Jones-Drew (97 rushing yards, 1 TD) rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown on 24 attempts in a Jaguars’ victory at the Meadowlands in 2009. Since 2010, the Jaguars have an 8-1 record when Jones-Drew rushes for 90-plus yards. Wide receiver Mike Thomas tied a career-high with eight receptions last week and tight end Marcedes Lewis needs two touchdown catches to surpass Reggie Williams (18) for the third-most in franchise history, behind only Jimmy Smith (67) and Keenan McCardell (30). Lewis, however, is questionable for Sunday’s game due to a calf strain.
New York’s defense registered four sacks against Dallas, getting one each from linebackers Bart Scott and Calvin Pace, safety Eric Smith and lineman Mike DeVito. Scott led the team with eight tackles last week, while All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis had his first interception since December of 2009 during the latter stages of the game. In addition, the Jets’ special teams came up with a big play late in the contest, with running back Joe McKnight blocking a punt that was returned for a touchdown by Isaiah Trufant which tied the score at 24-24.
Jacksonville was 25th in points scored and 22nd in total yards (323) last week, while the Jets were 16th in scoring defense and 23rd in total yards allowed (390) following the season’s first game.