After a brief uptick in enthusiasm, the Jaguars are heading back down the sewer again. The overall attitude in the locker room is one of apathy and lethargy. This I know to be true.
This weekend we march out a streaky QB who is coming off a poor performance and will be without his 2 favorite targets (Cecil Shorts and Laurent Robinson). The RB will be Montell Owens who is a 28 yr. old emergency 4th stringer who has been earning a paycheck for his special teams contributions. Only 2 offensive line starters remain. Veteran center Brad Meester is hurting but will play because frankly, we don't have anyone else to hike the ball. (2 backup centers are on IR)
On the other side of the ball, we're already down 7 starters and have top cover corner Derek Cox iffy to play. Team captain Paul Podluszny has been unusually downbeat about getting "worn out" from the long, dismal season He's a trooper, but you can't keep busting your ass in vain forever.
Coach Mike Mularkey has been very subdued this week, almost defeatist. I think last week's loss at Buffalo really hit him hard. It was a game he wanted to show well in. It didn't happen.
This is a team as ready to lay down and die as I've ever seen. You need to be here to understand it.
For the bettor, the Jets are a perfectly fine team to take advantage of this week. Sanchez sounded very humble about his benching last week, and he has every opportunity to redeem himself against a Jax defense that can't pressure the QB and subsequently doesn't defend the pass well or create turnovers.
I have more thoughts and information on this game, but I don't feel like rambling on forever. Just let it be known the NY Jets -2.5 will be the biggest NFL bet I will make this season.