The Jaguars picked up their third straight win with the Jets benching Zack Wilson again after a brutal performance

The Jacksonville Jaguars keep going, defeating the New York Jets, 19-3, to win their third straight game and keep their playoff hopes alive.

It was a rainy and stormy night in East Rutherford, NJ as both the Jaguars and Gates found themselves in a must-see scenario.

Both teams were still alive in the playoff picture, with the Jets looking on the outside in the AFC wild card standings, and the Jaguars closing in on the top of the AFC South with the Tennessee Titans.

It was also a battle between the two top picks in the 2021 NFL Draft, with one being far more productive than the other, leading to a Jaguars win to improve their playoff chances.

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Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Jacksonville Jaguars dives over the goal line for a touchdown during the first half of the game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on December 22, 2022, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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Trevor Lawrence threw for 229 yards on 20-of-31 through the air, while scoring a 1-yard touchdown and rushing for 51 yards for the Jaguars, to help in the victory that propelled Jacksonville to 7-8 on the season.

Meanwhile, Zach Wilson was benched again.

Wilson could get nowhere for the Jets, who fell to 7-8 on the year, throwing 9 of 18 for 92 yards. He has also been knocked out three times by the Jags.

Jet punch Zack Wilson during the third quarter against the Jaguars after another poor performance

The longest drive Wilson could put together lasted six plays, and the only reason the Jets had a three-pointer in the first half was because of Lawrence’s bar by Quinn Williams starting the Gang Green’s first drive on Jacksonville’s 16-yard line.

A pitch high that led to an interception as the clock struck zero in the first half drew louder boos from Jets fans, who had been raining Wilson with them all night. The Jets allowed Wilson the chance to redeem himself with two drives in the second half, but they were three, so a changeup was made.

Chris Striveler, who had been activated prior to this game to be Wilson’s backup and is the fourth quarterback on the depth chart, was brought into the game once coach Robert Salih called to bench the BYU product.

Travis Etienne Jr. #1 of the Jacksonville Jaguars carries the ball against the New York Jets during halftime at MetLife Stadium on December 22, 2022, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Travis Etienne Jr. #1 of the Jacksonville Jaguars carries the ball against the New York Jets during halftime at MetLife Stadium on December 22, 2022, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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The Taysom Hill-esque signal caller, who gets the command done more with his legs than his arm, did something Wilson wasn’t able to do on the night at his first opportunity on offense: keep driving.

Starting at the Jets’ 14-yard line, Streveler used his legs to rush for 37 yards and make right throws to get into Jaguars territory.

But on the fourth and second day, Streveler could not contact Garrett Wilson to continue driving.

The Jets players are in the Christmas spirit in ready-to-wear outfits ahead of the crucial Jaguars game

Streveler was unable to put any more Jets points on the board, as Garrett Wilson fumbled on his next drive, which set up the final Jaguars field goal for the win.

Streveler was still more productive than Zach Wilson at the end of the season, finishing 10 of 15 for 90 yards with 54 rushing yards as well, leading the Jets in that category.

Looking further at the stat sheet, Evan Ingram has come alive in Jacksonville’s final weeks, hauling seven catches for 113 yards. Travis Etienne Jr. also rushed 22 times for 82 yards, his longest at 19 yards.

The Jets are hoping Mike White’s ribs will heal in time for next week when they have to travel to Seattle to take on Geno Smith and the Seahawks in a much more important game if they want to make the playoffs.

New York Jets quarterback Zack Wilson (2) delivers the ball to the New York Jets behind Michael Carter (32) during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022, in East Rutherford, NJ

New York Jets quarterback Zack Wilson (2) delivers the ball to the New York Jets behind Michael Carter (32) during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022, in East Rutherford, NJ
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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The Jaguars will be paying close attention to the Giants on Sunday against the Houston Texans to see how that score plays out before focusing on the Texans themselves in Week 17.

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