NFL: Jets and Jaguars want to stay in playoff race

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Duane Brown did not cut corners when he addressed what awaits the New York Jets.

Their hopes of making the playoffs were severely affected by a three-game losing streak. And they had a short week to find their bearings.

The Jets (7-7) are set to face Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars (6-8) Thursday night in the Meadowlands.

« We have to win this week, » said Brown, the Jets’ left tackle. It’s simple like that and it’s the only thing we have to think about. We can’t think about the playoffs, the next week, all the scenarios of who wins or who loses. We’re thinking about the Jaguars on Thursday and winning this game.

“It’s a game without a future in our eyes. »

Some would say every game will be tomorrow for the Jets by the end of the season. Otherwise, the longest active drought in the NFL without making the playoffs will reach 12 seasons.

The Jets are currently ninth in the AFC — two spots out of the playoffs — and have very little room to maneuver, especially after a 20-17 loss to the Detroit Lions.

“We are able to turn the page and prepare for Thursday. We’re not going to let what happened the week before affect us,” said rookie cornerback Sauce Gardner. It is not easy. But we are adults. We focus on Jaguars. »

The Jaguars are not to be taken lightly. They won their last two games. On Sunday, they snatched a 40-34 overtime win over the Dallas Cowboys.

During that game, Lawrence threw four touchdown passes, including three to Zay Jones. The game ended when Rayshawn Jenkins returned an interception 52 yards for a touchdown.

The Jaguars’ recent string of success has put them back in the thick of the hunt for the American South Division title. They are only one game behind the Tennessee Titans.

The Titans have their destiny in their hands, but the Jaguars will want to muddy the waters.

 » Everything is possible. What we have accomplished in the last few weeks is important, but the road ahead is still very difficult,” said Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson.

“If we can continue to improve on what we have done in the last month, anything is possible,” he repeated.

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