New York Jets vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Sunday 1st October, 6pm (UK Time)
|Jets vs Jaguars||
The Jets, who weren’t favoured to win a single game entering this season, beat the Miami Dolphins at home in Week 3 by a score of 20-6. Their defence has always been their strength, but their offence seems to be finally rounding into form. Josh McCown threw for 250 yards and a touchdown against Miami, and Robbie Anderson had three receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown. Despite trading away defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson to Seattle, New York boasts a fearsome front line that can stop nearly any run game in the league.
The Jaguars shocked the football world with their 44-7 drubbing of the Ravens at Wembley on Sunday. Baltimore was previously undefeated and had looked formidable in their first two wins. However, they looked overwhelmed against Jacksonville, ceding four touchdowns to a struggling Blake Bortles. Marcedes Lewis, who had zero receptions on the season, was the hero for the Jags with his three touchdowns receptions.
Jacksonville’s defence has undergone many changes over the last year, and it boasts upgrades at numerous positions. Though they’ll face New York on the road, they should be able to hold the Jets under 20 points. If the Jaguars’ offensive line can open up some holes for rookie running back Leonard Fournette, and Bortles can continue his hot streak, Jacksonville should have no problem dispatching of the Jets on their home turf.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants
Sunday 1st October, 9:05pm (UK Time)
|Buccaneers v Giants||
The New York Giants’ season could not have started off much worse. They’re 0-3, and they've failed to score more than 24 points in all three games. New York’s offensive line has looked abysmal, especially at the tackle position, allowing defenders to abuse Eli Manning in the pocket. In turn, that has caused problems for the passing game and prevented stars like Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall from breaking out. Paul Perkins has failed to make his mark, but that can largely be attributed to the poor line play. The only bright spot for New York is their defence, which has limited opponents to 19, 24, and 27 points thus far.
The Buccaneers’ first game was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma, but they opened up their 2017 campaign strong with a 29-7 victory over the Bears. However, in Week 3 they fell to a stout Vikings team 34-17 on the road. James Winston has performed fairly well thus far, racking up three touchdowns and over 500 passing yards in those two games. Doug Martin was suspended for the first four games of the season, so Jaquizz Rodgers will continue to fill in for him until Week 5. Tampa Bay has force-fed Rodgers, but he's totalled just 82 total yards and one touchdown on 24 carries. However, Mike Evans and DeSeason Jackson have been dynamic for Winston, combining for almost 300 yards and two touchdowns.
The Buccaneers lack the experience of the Giants, but they make up for it with raw talent. They'll have home field advantage in Week 4, and their defence should have no problem bottling up a Giants offence that hasn't eclipsed 30 points since 2016. Winston should have his way against New York’s secondary, and the Bucs’ defensive front should make Eli Manning’s day miserable.