Zach Wilson, Trevor Lawrence, New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, MetLife Stadium
Zach Wilson, Trevor Lawrence, New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, MetLife Stadium, Jet X Graphic, Getty Images

Zach Wilson vs. Trevor Lawrence highlights a do-or-die Thursday night showdown

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—The path to get to the point was anything but predictable, yet here we are. The top two picks of the 2021 NFL draft are set to stare one another down on Thursday Night Football.

Zach Wilson will get the call for a second-straight game, courtesy of Mike White’s rib injury, in a near-do-or-die spot as it pertains to the New York Jets‘ 2022 NFL playoff hopes. Of course, Trevor Lawrence is set to lead the surging Jacksonville Jaguars, a team that has potential slim tournament designs of their own at 6-8.

Speaking of the tournament, the Jets still have an avenue into the playoffs, but beating the Jags is a near-must to even think about accomplishing that feat.

AFC Playoff SeedLogoTeamRecordStatus
1 (Division Champ: BYE)Buffalo Bills LogoBuffalo Bills12-31st AFC East
Clinched playoff spot
Clinched division
2 (Division Champ)Kansas City Chiefs LogoKansas City Chiefs12-31st AFC West
Clinched playoff spot
Clinched division
3 (Division Champ)Cincinnati Bengals LogoCincinnati Bengals11-41st AFC North
Clinched playoff spot
4 (Division Champ)Jacksonville Jaguars LogoJacksonville Jaguars7-81st AFC South
5 (Wild Card 1)Baltimore Ravens LogoBaltimore Ravens10-52nd AFC North
6 (Wild Card 2)Los Angeles Chargers LogoLos Angeles Chargers9-62nd AFC West
Clinched playoff spot
7 (Wild Card 3)Miami Dolphins LogoMiami Dolphins8-72nd AFC East
N/ANew England Patriots LogoNew England Patriots7-83rd AFC East
N/ANew York Jets LogoNew York Jets7-84th AFC East
N/ATennessee Titans LogoTennessee Titans7-81st AFC South
N/APittsburgh Steelers LogoPittsburgh Steelers7-84th AFC North
N/ALas Vegas Raiders LogoLas Vegas Raiders6-93rd AFC West
New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, 2022, Week 16 Preview, Zach Wilson, Trevor Lawrence
New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, 2022, Week 16 Preview, Zach Wilson, Trevor Lawrence, Jet X Graphic, Getty Images

Jets vs. Jags game info

  • New York Jets (7-7)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars (6-8)
  • NFL, Week 16, Dec. 22, 2022, 8:15 p.m. ET, Amazon
  • MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

For the first time this season, the New York Jets will play a game in prime time. Unfortunately, it comes while the squad is in the midst of its toughest stretch of the season—losers of three straight and five of the last seven—but it’s not as if Robert Saleh’s team ever finds itself completely out of a contest.

The Jets and Jags will kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET from MetLife Stadium on Thursday night. It’ll be broadcasted on Amazon Prime with the great Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit on the call.

New York will wear its stealth black uniforms under the lights.

Jets vs. Jags history

  • The all-time series is tied 8-8

Although the all-time series is knotted up at eight, the Jets have won five of the last seven games, including the last meeting just a season ago.

Zach Wilson’s 52-yard scramble touchdown and Braxton Berrios’s 102-yard kickoff return score highlighted the Jets’ 27-21 victory at MetLife Stadium.

Jets vs. Jags odds (FanDuel Sportsbook)

  • Spread: Jets +1.5 (-104), Jags -1.5 (-118)
  • Moneyline: Jets -112, Jags -104
  • Over/Under: 37.5 (O: -104, U: -118)

In spite of their home status, the Jets are currently 1.5 underdogs. Jacksonville’s two-straight victories and three-of-four hot streak have it surging at just the right time.

Jets vs. Jags injury report

New York Jets

  • Brandin Echols (Quad): Out
  • Denzel Mims (Concussion): Out
  • Jeff Smith (Knee): Out
  • Mike White (Rib): Out
  • Lamarcus Joyner (Hip): Questionable
  • Zonovan Knight (Ankle): Questionable
  • Quinnen Williams (Calf): Questionable

We know Mike White is out, but so is cornerback Brandin Echols, who will miss his second-straight game. Wide receivers Jeff Smith and Denzel Mims are also slated to miss this contest, leaving the Jets thin at wideout.

On the bright side, it appears as though Pro Bowl defensive tackle Quinnen Williams will play.

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Foley Fatukasi (Ankle): Out
  • Cam Robinson (Knee): Out
  • Travon Walker (Ankle) Out
  • Trevor Lawrence (Toe): Questionable
  • Chad Muma (Ankle): Questionable
  • Brandon Scherff (Abdomen): Questionable
  • Jawaan Taylor (Hamstring): Questionable
  • Andrew Wingard (Shoulder): Questionable

Unfortunately, the Foley Fatukasi revenge game narrative will have to wait. The former Jets interior monster will miss the contest with an ankle.

Despite Trevor Lawrence’s questionable designation, it’s all but certain that the budding star quarterback will play.

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

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

Jets vs. Jags prediction

  • New York Jets 13, Jacksonville Jaguars 16

It’s tough to pick the Jets right now. All was well when Robert Saleh’s squad opened the season 5-2. Well, not exactly.

The record was sparkling, but as soon as the final gun went off on the Jets’ victory, the real trouble started brewing. It was the Denver game when both Alijah Vera-Tucker and Breece Hall both went out for the season with injuries.

Since that point, New York has reversed paths with a disappointing 2-5 mark. While Hall’s injury is as backbreaking as anything, Vera-Tucker’s presence has been sorely missed—as I still believe he’s the true heart and soul of this team.

All eyes will be on Zach Wilson, who could disappoint in a major way or actually shock the senses. His ability coupled with his up-and-down quarterback mind allows anything to be possible.

In the end, expect a low-scoring affair with Trevor Lawrence making the key play needed down the stretch.

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