Originally written on Turn On The Jets  |  Last updated 12/9/12
The Race for Steak continues. Note that last week’s record includes the most recent Thursday games - CURRENT STANDINGS 1. Rob Celletti (105-82-6) 2. Chris Celletti (97-91-5) 3. Chris Gross (96-92-5) 4. Mike Donnelly (95-94-4) 5. Joe Caporoso (77-110-6) Joe Caporoso Last Week (7-9) Redskins (-2) vs. Ravens Chiefs (+6.5) vs. Browns Steelers (-8) vs. Chargers Titans (+5) vs. Colts Jets (-3) vs. Jaguars Bears (-3) vs. Vikings Falcons (-3) vs. Panthers Bucs (-7) vs. Eagles Rams (+3) vs. Bills Cowboys (+3) vs. Bengals 49ers (-10) vs. Dolphins Giants (-5) vs. Saints Seahawks (-10) vs. Cardinals Packers (-6.5) vs. Lions Patriots (-3) vs. Texans Mike Donnelly Last Week (7-9) Redskins -2 Browns -6.5 Steelers -8 Titans +5 Jets -3 Vikings +3 Panthers +3 Bucs -7 Bills -3 Cowboys +3 Dolphins +10 Saints +5 Cards +9.5 Lions +6.5 Patriots -3 Rob Celletti Last Week (9-7) Redskins (-2) over Ravens Chiefs (+7) over Browns Steelers (-8) over Chargers Titans (+5) over Colts Jets (-3) over Jaguars Bears (-3) over Vikings Falcons (-3) over Panthers Eagles (+7) over Buccaneers Bills (-3) over Rams Bengals (-3) over Cowboys Dolphins (+10) over 49ers Saints (+5) over Giants Seahawks (-9.5) over Cardinals Packers (-6.5) over Lions Patriots (-3) over Texans Chris Celletti Last Week (10-6) Ravens Browns Chargers Colts Jets Bears Falcons Eagles Bills Bengals 49ers Saints Seahawks Packers Patriots Chris Gross Last Week (7-9) Ravens (+2) Chiefs (+7) Steelers (-8) Colts (-4) Jets (-3) Vikings (+3) Falcons (-3) Eagles (+7) Rams (+3) Cowboys (+3) 49ers (-10) Giants (-4.5) Seahawks (-9.5) Packers (-6.5) Patriots (-3.5) Jets/Jaguars Roundtable Predictions Chris Gross - Jets 17 Jaguars 3 – In yet another horribly ugly football game, the Jets defense and run game will carry them to a painful 17-3 victory. All eyes will be on Quarterback Mark Sanchez, who will lead one early scoring drive, extending his short leash throughout the game. Sanchez will commit a turnover in some fashion before the end of the first half, but will not play poorly enough to force Rex Ryan to make a quarterback change. The Jets will run the ball close to 50 times, with Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell each scoring a touchdown and rushing for over 80 yards a piece. Defensively, the Jets will smother the Chad Henne led Jaguars offense, who will be competing with a group that is actually depleted worse than the Jets offensive unit. Don’t expect this one to be too enjoyable to watch, but the Jets will be one game away from .500 by about 4:30 pm today. Who would have thought? Chris Celletti - So everybody has been asking for Mark Sanchez to stop being coddled by the Jets, to have to feel the pressure of playing for his job. Well, it probably doesn’t get much worse or more embarrassing for a professional athlete, especially a starting quarterback in the NFL, than to get benched and have a backup with one eighth your physical talent to lead your team to victory. The Jets are rightly seeing how Sanchez responds to this, and how he does is going to determine his fate as a New York Jet. And with that, Sanchez probably couldn’t pick a better scenario to kick off his rehabilitation tour, as the Jacksonville Jaguars own the league’s worst record and a bad defense to go along with it. Although if I were running the Jets I would, but I don’t expect them to let Sanchez fling it around. Expect a gameplan akin to what you saw a few weeks ago in St. Louis; a run-heavy approach with a simplified passing game. I think Sanchez will do just fine if that’s the case, throwing for around 200 yards while taking care of the ball. The Jets defense should be rolling a bit after their dominant performance last week, and the already-thin Jaguars’ offense is even more depleted due to injuries. I think the Jets win comfortably, 28-10. Rob Celletti - The most intriguing stat regarding Sunday’s game involves the number 36.  As in, there are 36 combined players between the Jets and Jaguars that appear on the injury report.  These teams lacked talent to begin with, and now they’re starting third and fourth stringers in some key positions.  Neither team is confident in its quarterback.  The Jaguars are 32nd in the NFL on the ground and 24th through the air.  The Jets offense, especially the passing attack, is downright laughable at time. In other words, this one should be a doozy! In all seriousness, games like these favor the Jets.  And as our esteemed editor has pointed out, while the Jets have certainly disappointed in many ways this season, they are far from the worst team in the league.  Actually, the Jacksonville Jaguars are the proud owner of that title, with a league-worst 2-10 record.  I’ve predicted lots of games to be ugly this year.  This one’s no different.  Jets win it 23-9.
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