Sauce Gardner, Justin Jefferson
Sauce Gardner, Justin Jefferson, Jet X Graphic, Getty Images

The NFL world has its eyes on Sauce Gardner vs. Justin Jefferson

Sauce versus JJettas, the rookie against the sophomore, the lanky stud cornerback pitted against the lanky talented offensive weapon.

We’re of course referencing Sauce Gardner and Justin Jefferson—one of the marquee matchups in NFL Week 13 play.

Sauce’s 7-4 New York Jets head to Minneapolis to take on Jefferson’s 9-2 Minnesota Vikings, a game that will determine a lot as far as the 2022 NFL playoffs are concerned.

New York Jets at Minnesota Vikings, 2022, Week 13 Preview, Sauce Gardner, Justin Jefferson
New York Jets at Minnesota Vikings, 2022, Week 13 Preview, Sauce Gardner, Justin Jefferson, Jet X Graphic, Getty Images

Jets at Vikings game info

  • New York Jets (7-4)
  • Minnesota Vikings (9-2)
  • NFL, Week 13, Dec. 4, 2022, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
  • U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN

The 7-4 New York Jets look for their eighth victory of the season in Minnesota when they take on the 9-2 Vikings.

The game is scheduled to kick off at 1:00 p.m. ET from U.S. Bank Stadium, while broadcasted on CBS with the familiar team of Ian Eagle and Charles Davis calling the game.

On the road, the Jets will wear their white tops and black pants, as voted on by the fans this past week.

Jets at Vikings history

  • The Jets lead the all-time series 8-3. 

The New York Jets lead the all-time series against the Minnesota Vikings, 8-3, despite dropping the most recent two games.

In October 2018, the Vikings shellacked the Jets, 37-17, with Kirk Cousins going for 241 yards and two touchdowns at MetLife Stadium.

Jets at Vikings odds (FanDuel Sportsbook)

  • Spread: Jets +3 (-114), Vikings -3 (-106)
  • Moneyline: Jets +132, Vikings -154
  • Over/Under: 44.5 (O: -105, U: -115)

New York getting three points on the road pretty much places this one as a toss-up. If you’re in a survivor pool (this late in the season), picking this game would be a high-anxiety venture.

Jets at Vikings injury report

New York Jets

  • Ashtyn Davis (Hamstring): Out
  • Michael Carter (Ankle): Doubtful
  • Cedric Ogbuehi (Groin/Illness): Doubtful
  • Duane Brown (Shoulder): Questionable

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s Zonovan “Bam” Knight time. Michael Carter will most likely miss this one with an ankle, and with Breece Hall on the season-ending shelf, the undrafted rookie free agent should see plenty of touches, along with Ty Johnson and perhaps James Robinson.

Ashtyn Davis will miss another game thanks to a hamstring, whereas Cedric Ogbuehi is doubtful due to a groin/illness designation.

Starting left tackle Duane Brown is expected to play, despite his questionable status (shoulder).

Minnesota Vikings

  • Christian Darrisaw (Concussion): Out
  • Ben Ellefson (Groin): Out
  • Ross Blacklock (Illness): Questionable

Christian Darrisaw’s impending absence could work out in a big way for the Jets’ loaded pass rush. Elsewhere, Ben Ellefson will also be out with a groin, while Ross Blacklock is questionable with an illness.

WeekDate/TimeLogoOpponentResultW/LVenue/LocationTV
1Sun, Sept. 11
1:00 p.m. ET
Baltimore Ravens Logo🗽vs Baltimore Ravens L
24-9
0-1MetLife Stadium
East Rutherford, NJ
CBS
2Sun, Sept. 18
1:00 p.m. ET
Cleveland Browns Logo✈️@ Cleveland Browns W
31-30
1-1FirstEnergy Stadium
Cleveland, OH
CBS
3Sun, Sept. 25
1:00 p.m. ET
Cincinnati Bengals Logo🗽vs Cincinnati Bengals L
27-12
1-2MetLife Stadium
East Rutherford, NJ
CBS
4Sun, Oct. 2
1:00 p.m. ET
Pittsburgh Steelers Logo✈️@ Pittsburgh Steelers W
24-20
2-2Acrisure Stadium
Pittsburgh, PA
CBS
5Sun, Oct. 9
1:00 p.m. ET
Miami Dolphins Logo🗽vs Miami Dolphins W
40-17
3-2MetLife Stadium
East Rutherford, NJ
CBS
6Sun, Oct. 16
1:00 p.m. ET
Green Bay Packers Logo✈️@ Green Bay Packers W
27-10
4-2Lambeau Field
Green Bay, WI
FOX
7Sun, Oct. 23
1 p.m. ET
Denver Broncos Logo✈️@ Denver Broncos W
16-9
5-2Empower Field at Mile High
Denver, CO
CBS
8Sun, Oct. 30
1 p.m. ET
New England Patriots Logo🗽vs New England Patriots L
22-17

5-3MetLife Stadium
East Rutherford, NJ
CBS
9Sun, Nov. 6
1:00 p.m. ET
Buffalo Bills Logo🗽vs Buffalo Bills W
20-17
6-3MetLife Stadium
East Rutherford, NJ
CBS
10bye6-3
11Sun, Nov. 20
1:00 p.m. ET
New England Patriots Logo✈️@ New England Patriots L
10-3
6-4Gillette Stadium
Foxborough, MA
CBS
12Sun, Nov. 27
1:00 p.m. ET
Chicago Bears Logo🗽vs Chicago Bears W
31-10
7-4MetLife Stadium
East Rutherford, NJ
FOX
13Sun, Dec. 4
1:00 p.m. ET
Minnesota Vikings Logo✈️@ Minnesota Vikings L
27-22
7-5U.S. Bank StadiumCBS
14Sun, Dec. 11
1:00 p.m. ET
Buffalo Bills Logo✈️@ Buffalo Bills L
20-12
7-6Highmark Stadium
Orchard Park, NY
CBS
15Sun, Dec. 18
1:00 p.m. ET
Detroit Lions Logo🗽vs Detroit Lions L
20-17
7-7MetLife Stadium
East Rutherford, NJ
FOX
16Thu, Dec. 22
8:15 p.m. ET
Jacksonville Jaguars Logo🗽vs Jacksonville Jaguars L
19-3
7-8MetLife Stadium
East Rutherford, NJ
Amazon
17Sun, Jan. 1
4:05 p.m. ET
Seattle Seahawks Logo✈️@ Seattle Seahawks L
23-6
7-9Lumen Field
Seattle, WA
FOX
18Sun, Jan. 8
1:00 p.m. ET
Miami Dolphins Logo✈️@ Miami Dolphins L
11-6
7-10Hard Rock Stadium
Miami Gardens, FL
CBS

Jets at Vikings prediction

  • New York Jets 30, Minnesota Vikings 26

Expect some scoring in this one. Perhaps a 33-31 final is a bit ambitious, but I expect both teams to easily score into the 20s.

Mike White should have another strong game, close to 300 yards and two or three touchdowns to one or two interceptions (however, this time around), but it’ll be more a product of the uptempo game flow.

Defensively, Justin Jefferson will get his. In today’s NFL, even “lockdown” corners cannot shut down wide receivers all game. It’s simply impossible with the way the rules are written these days.

However, Sauce Gardner will do more than enough to take away the Vikings’ main threat, which will give them fits all afternoon. In fact, Dalvin Cook could have a sneaky good game on the ground, and especially in the passing game, as Kirk Cousins looks to attack the Jets’ linebacking group through the air.

Interestingly, the Vikings are a great matchup for this young Jets team.

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Peter Buell
Peter Buell
1 month ago

Sick of hearing about the Jets great D…Yes! very good till 3rd down.
Dosent matter if it’s 2 yards 5 7 13 yards they will give it up!
I’m disgusted!