2015 NYJ Predictions
2014 was certainly one worth forgetting for gang green. The N.Y. Jets finished a pitiful 4-12, with wins over the lowly Raiders and Titans and a meaningless week 17 victory over the Dolphins. Beating the Steelers in week 10 was about the only feather in the team’s cap a year ago.
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New York Jets
2014 record: 4-12
Jets Odds to win 2015 AFC Conference: 25/1
Jets Odds to win 2015 Super Bowl: 65/1
The Jets should be an improved team this year, and the focus will be largely on the formation of a bond between new head coach Todd Bowles and young QB Geno Smith. Last year Smith was mediocre at best, and was replaced by Michael Vick more than once.
This year the ball is truly in Smith’s court to take the reins for this offense and show why he was the Jets’ first pick in the second round two years ago.
That odds gap between winning the AFC and winning the Super Bowl is a pretty telling figure as to just how weak the AFC is right now. For comparison sake, the New Orleans Saints are a 25/1 shot to win the NFC, and a 40/1 pick to win the Super Bowl.
So what do we know about this year’s edition of the Jets? Well, they should be a little more effective moving the ball and scoring points. New York ranked in the bottom five in the NFL a year ago in points scored, managing just 283 points (17.7 points per game).
Smith will have a true number one target this year with the addition of Brandon Marshall into the offense. What this does is free up guys like Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley to be who they are, and that’s cogs in a bigger machine. Last year Decker showed that he is just not a number one NFL receiver; he’s very capable and is a nice target, but he’s not putting fear into opposing secondaries the way that Marshall can.
Chris Ivory will anchor the backfield and has the tools to be a 1,000 yard rusher. Ivory is fairly under rated and overlooked, averaging 4.1 yards per carry last year for 821 yards and six TDs. Stevan Ridley will likely platoon with Ivory at running back and they make for a pretty solid 1-2 punch that won’t be flashy but will be effective. Zac Stacy is in the mix there too somewhere.
Defense is a blast from the past as the secondary will feature the reunion of Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie at the corner positions. These two are leaders and will provide some stability against the pass. Up front on the D, this team is, well, old. Calvin Pace and Jason Babin are both 35, David Harris is 31. This will be a test of the team’s depth as they’re going to be rotating guys in and out quite a lot.
Jets Betting Outlook:
This is a transition year for this team, who gets no breaks out of the gate really with Cleveland, Indianapolis and Philadelphia in their first three games.
1-2 is a maybe, likely best case scenario, 0-3 is very realistic. The Jets will better their outcome from a year ago though. This team has enough talent on both sides of the football to not be a complete pushover as they were on a number of occasions last year.
NY Jets 2015 Prediction
I’d look for the Jets to finish last in the AFC East once again, but with a record of 6-10. Don’t go investing your money into this team to win anything major though, they’re just too far off from the top end teams in the conference right now.
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