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Florham Park, N.J. – With training camp in full swing, the New York Jets look to bring all the hard-work and dedication in the offseason together. With Ryan Fitzpatrick and Muhammad Wilkerson resigned, there should be no distraction for the Jets. Here are my five bold predictions on how the overall season for the Jets will go.
1. New York will come out of the first six games of the season with a good record. They play Cincinnati at home, then at Buffalo and Kansas City, back home for Seattle, and then hit the road again for Pittsburgh and Arizona. Five of the six teams went to the playoffs last year. All of the teams were .500 or better. So what constitutes a good record? I’d say going an even 3-3 against some of the more dangerous teams is good. Is going 6-0 achievable? Yes. Is it likely? Probably not.
New York has one of the best defenses in the league, being able to shut down big name receivers such as A.J. Green, Antonio Brown, and Larry Fitzgerald, while also stuffing running backs in Jeremy Hill, LeSean McCoy, and Le'Veon Bell. What helps is having the Bengals at home to start the season. These are two teams that haven’t played each other in a few years, which helps that the Jets have new play-callers. I’m sure the Jets still have a sour taste in their mouths for the way Buffalo ended last season, especially Fitzpatrick. New York will be giving it everything they got in a revenge-type game. Going to Kansas City is always tough, but this is an offense that was a year removed from their quarterback not throwing a single touchdown pass to a wide receiver. Also, the run game is not strong for the Chiefs. Does Seattle have one of the scariest secondaries in the NFL? Yes, but that’s what Matt Forte and Bilal Powell are for. Also, they lose a key part of their offense: Marshawn Lynch. Another team that pays off to play at home. Pittsburgh will be tough, but if Darrelle Revis is able to shut down Brown and the front line is able to stuff Bell in his potential first game back, then there will be hope. Was Arizona one game away from the Super Bowl? Yes, but Carson Palmer is not the same as he once was. He’ll be 37 in December and had a pitiful loss in the NFC Championship game. Fitzgerald also turns 33 in August, with the running game able to be kept in check. Get past the defense and it’ll be smooth sailing.
2. The Jets will have a top five offense. No question about this now that Fitzpatrick is back on the roster. The team also has weapons in Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, and Forte. Don’t forget that Jace Amaro is back from injury and a few underrated receivers are making names for themselves. Fitzpatrick threw for nearly 4,000 yards and 31 touchdowns, a team record. With a completion percentage of close to 60, he’s proven he can make good decisions (excluding Week 17). Marshall and Decker combined for over 2,500 and 26 touchdowns, making them the best wide receiver tandem in the league. Quincy Enunwa and Kenbrell Thompkins are becoming reliable targets as the offseason continues. Forte is still one of the best backs in the NFL. Coming off one of his worst seasons last year, he doesn’t need to carry all the workload as the Jets have much faith in Powell. This gives Forte the chance to be fresh and at his best when called upon.
3. New York will have the best defense in the NFL. This one is a little bit more reachable. The numbers speak for themselves: they ranked 4th in total yards allowed, 13th in passing yards, 2nd in rushing yards, 9th in points per game, 10th in interceptions, and 3rd in total takeaways. Wilkerson is back, Leonard Williams is in year two, Revis had a much better year last season, and a lot of the defense is back and looking better than ever during the early parts of the offseason. Steve McLendon joins the roster, which is big after losing Damon Harrison. Lorenzo Mauldin and Erin Henderson start to break out of their shells, while David Harris continues to compete at a top level. Dexter McDougle and Dee Milliner are coming off injuries while Buster Skrine and Marcus Williams come off big years for Gang Green. Rounding it out with Calvin Pryor and Marcus Gilchrist, the defense is looking top-notch
4. Todd Bowles will win AP Coach of the Year in his second year under the helm. With everything this team has been through, he completely turned things around last season. Bowles took a team that was 4-12 and turned them into a 10-6 team that was a quarter away from making the playoffs for the first time since 2010. He has been a master at dealing with everything that has been going on in the offseason, from injuries to players not being signed. If it all pans out, New York will be one of the best teams in the league and it’ll be all thanks to him.
5. The New York Jets will be Super Bowl 51 winners. Did you not see this coming? This is the boldest prediction anyone can make for the Jets. Yet, it isn’t so far-fetched. If New York is able to get out of the first six games 4-2 or better, it’ll be smooth sailing for the rest of the season. Fitzpatrick is back, which makes the offense so much better. Marshall and Decker will have incredible seasons with their favorite quarterback again. With the addition of Forte and the emergence of young receivers, the offense looks its best in years. Adding the absolute stellar defense to pair up with the just as strong offense, the Jets are under-the-radar contenders. Tom Brady suspended for the first four games of the season gives New York a jump start over their division-foe. If everything falls into place, the Jets will be winning their first championship since Joe Namath was in the building taking snaps.96 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE null