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Fearless Prediction: Jaguars (4-4) at Jets (4-4)
Game SnapshotKICKOFF: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
TV: CBS (Dick Enberg, Dan Fouts)
KEYS TO THE GAME: The team best able to control the clock between two very run-dependent offenses will tell the story. The Jaguars will hand the ball to RB Maurice Jones-Drew early and often and hope he can slow the Jets' heavy blitzing scheme. Meanwhile, the Jets will rely on Thomas Jones and Shonn Green to help protect rookie QB Mark Sanchez. The difference is that while the Jets are solid in the secondary, the Jaguars don't rush the passer well and their porous pass defense is an area New York will need Sanchez to exploit at some point. Need to know: Including games against the Giants and a 1998 playoff loss to the Jets, the Jaguars are 2-5 all-time at The Meadowlands. ... Jacksonville has been outscored 71-13 in its past two road games.
- DT John Henderson, who practiced Wednesday, missed practice Thursday with an ankle injury. The Jaguars didn't announce when he suffered the injury but he was seen wearing a boot. The team will update his status Friday.
- RB Maurice Jones-Drew, who practiced Wednesday, was limited in practice Thursday with a knee injury, but he's expected to play.
- S Gerald Alexander was limited in practice for the second consecutive day Thursday with a shoulder injury.
- TE Ernest Wilford missed practice for the second consecutive day Thursday with an ankle injury.
- QB David Garrard, who has just one touchdown pass in the last four games, needs a big game if the Jaguars are to upset the Jets.
- RT Damien Woody, who has battled knee and foot woes the last few weeks, practiced Thursday after being limited in practice Wednesday because of a problem with his lower back.
- QB Erik Ainge likely will be the third quarterback for the rest of the season, now that Kellen Clemens is entrenched at No. 2, especially because he now is handling holds for placekicks.
- CB Lito Sheppard (quadriceps) has missed five of the last six games but will play this week. He has practiced full both days this week. But his snaps against Jacksonville will be somewhat limited to avoid another relapse.
- WR Brad Smith (quadriceps) was limited in practice Thursday, but is making steady improvement. Coach Rex Ryan said Smith will play Sunday.
- LB Vernon Gholston, who has been relegated to a reserve role after starting the first four games in the absence of the suspended Calvin Pace, missed practice both Wednesday and Thursday with a hamstring injury suffered during a walkthrough Monday on the Jets' first day back from their bye week. His status for Sunday is uncertain, but it's looking more likely that he will not play.