Jets And Jaguars Have A Contest To See Who Can Embarrass Themselves More

Bryan Brandom
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The Jacksonville Jaguars entered their Week 4 game against the New York Jets hoping to start a season 3-1 for the first time in 13 years.

But for a few plays, the much improved Jaguars defense looked like anything but a team desperate to break free of the league’s lowest class.

Early in the first quarter, Jets running back Bilal Powell took a handoff and ran up the middle. He launched himself over Jags linebacker Telvin Smith and hit the deck.

But after no defenders touched him and the whistle didn’t blow, the seven-year veteran returned to his feet and dashed toward one of the easiest touchdowns of his life.

The Jacksonville D helped the Jets along to a historic run.

In the replay, it’s nearly impossible to tell whether or not Smith and Powell make contact before the back runs for the end zone.

It wouldn’t be the last time the Jets made the Jaguars look bad.

In the second half, rookie back Elijah McGuire broke his own massive run, a 69-yarder for his first career score.

Near the end of the first half, New York attempted a fake punt from their own 45-yard line. It appeared to be doomed when Marcus Williams, who’d received a pass from punter Lachlan Edwards, collided with a Jets teammates.

But this is the Jaguars we’re talking about here.

Williams ended up bouncing off his man and rumbling for a first down.

But this is also the Jets we’re talking about here. After the dramatic risk worked out, kicker Chandler Catanzaro missed a 45-yard kick to take the lead.

Then, armed with a 10-point lead, the Jets coughed up a pair of embarrassing turnovers to allow Jacksonville to tie things up and force overtime.

The teams were equally inept in the OT period, until Catanzaro finally put viewers out of their misery with a field goal with 32 seconds remaining for a 23-20 win.