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2012 Schedule at a Glance: Late February Edition (Too Soon? Of Course Not!)

To help occupy some time between now and the start of the 2012 season, I am going to make a schedule analysis post every month or after every major event on the NFL calendar (e.g. schedule release date, the draft, R/FA signing period)

This post in late February reflects what the win-loss record for the Jets would be if the season were to start right now with the currently unrestricted/restricted FA's re-signed. (Yes I know that's physically impossible, but I don't expect every single team's talent level to completely change based on one or two "big" signings or "big" players lost)

Home Games

Bills

Win

If Shonn Greene or Joe McKnight get over 100 yards rushing, the game should be easily winnable. Let the defense dictate the Bills offensive ability.

Patriots

Loss

Despite winning 2 of the last 3 home games against the Patriots, the current Jets are not as good as the teams that won those 2 games - and even those were close for much of the game.

Dolphins

Win

The new offense will probably be better than the old one, but without a new QB it's hard to say whether the Dolphins can beat the Jets at MetLife. If the defense plays well enough and shuts down the "passing attack" it should be a low scoring victory.

Texans

Loss

They have one of the best receiving corps in the AFC, one of the best RB tandems, and a top tier defense. This team is far more talented than the ones the Jets beat in '09 and '10 - and even those were close.

Chargers

Loss

The Chargers will in all likelihood bounce back for real this time. There's no guarantee that they will blow out the Jets or self-destruct either, but the Chargers look better healthy than the Jets do.

Cardinals

Win

As much as I believe Larry Fitzgerald could have a big game against Revis, Arizona is anemic in just about every other area of football.

Colts

Win

Unless Andrew Luck takes command of the aging team as well as Peyton Manning immediately, it shouldn't be too hard to keep their offense on ice. How the offense plays against the fast Colts D will decide the outcome of the game.

49ers

Loss

This game will come down to which team plays better defense. The 49ers have a better running game and a more consistent pass rush - it will be low scoring, but the 49ers are slightly better than the Jets in almost every conceivable aspect of the game.

Away Games

Bills

Loss

Despite winning 3 straight against them on the road, a healthy Bills team will be hard to beat this year.

Patriots

Loss

The Patriots play on another plane of existence when they're at home. Self-inflicted wounds are the only chance the Jets have. Unlikely.

Dolphins

Loss

We've lost 4 of the last 6 games to the Dolphins under Rex Ryan and why should that be so different this year. Even the two times when we beat them Brandon Marshall has played very well.

Steelers

Loss

Showing signs of wear and tear on the defense, but the offense is as young and talented as ever. Even if the game becomes a shootout it will probably be too difficult to leave with a win.

Rams

Win

Barring a miraculous turnaround, this should be a blowout. Hopefully a shutout against our good friend Schotty would certainly make Jets fans feel better about having him gone.

Seahawks

Loss

Qwest field is too dangerous for a team as undisciplined as the Jets. This game will be similar to the Raiders game - an opponent with an above average, power running back w/ no QB or WRs, and a serviceable defense. In that stadium it will probably equate to a loss.

Jaguars

Win

More likely it will be a repeat of last year than anything else. Unless the Jaguars receiving corps gets significantly better between now and the game, this should be an easy win. MJD will probably have about 100 yards from scrimmage.

Titans

Win

Chris Johnson is manageable and the Titans QB(s) are very beatable. It might be a close game but ultimately the Titans defense might open some holes for the Jets offense.

Record:

7 - 9, no playoffs

Maybe I'm being a bit mean by suggesting the team will only go 7-9. Talent-wise the team is really only a 7-9 team. Good luck (or "bad Luck" for the Colts) may increase the number of wins. Then again, some bad luck for the team might drop the number even more. It's only late February and the rosters are maybe half of what they'll be come September. But it's never too early to judge a team's strength.

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