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Gameday- Jaguars try to rebound at home vs Jets

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Who: Jaguars (2-1) at Jets (1-2)

When: Sunday 1 p.m.

Where: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville

Spread: Jaguars by 7 1/2 points (Courtesy

Here’s what to watch this afternoon:

The health of Leonard Fournette

As we wrote about Sunday morning, it looks like the second year running back out of LSU will attempt to test his injured right hamstring in pre game warm ups and then, play for the first time since week one. Clearly, Fournette’s hamstring improved as the week went on, because he was unable to practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

Still, how effective he can be remains to be seen. If Fournette is not fully healthy, expect the team to turn to backup T.J. Yeldon, who has run respectably in Fournette’s absence the last two weeks.

Pressure on Sam Darnold

The Jets rookie QB has experienced some growing pains. He obviously rebounded from his first official NFL pass being run back for a pick six touchdown in week one to later have a solid game. However, in each of the last two Jets contests, the #1 pick out of USC has thrown four picks and just one touchdown. And, those interceptions ended up being costly, as the Jets lost both close games.

In particular, the Browns and DE Myles Garrett harassed and sacked Darnold, repeatedly, 10 days ago. That is something that the Jags hope to replicate with Calais Campbell, Dante Fowler, Myles Jack and Yannick Ngakoue (above) on Sunday.

Beat the heat?

It will be another sweltering 90+ degree Sunday in North Florida, as the Jags play a third straight game at home. This is where practicing throughout late July and all of August outdoors in the Florida heat and humidity should be an advantage to the Jaguars.

The visitors from New York City are mostly unaccustomed to dealing with these conditions, and they will be in their hotter dark green uniforms, too.

In particular, will the Jets wilt in the second half/fourth quarter? Let’s see.

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