Hey folks. I have a few notes that I want to remind everyone about regarding the New York Jets' schedule this season. When you're predicting our record for the season, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
- The Buffalo Bills are up-and-coming. But we have still beaten them the past five times in a row. That's worth noting, because if there is one team whose defense is designed to stop them, it's ours. They've gotten playmakers on defense, but it's still the same regarding their offense vs. our defense. We obviously play them twice.
- The Miami Dolphins are going to be terrible. Sorry, but they are. Except for Reggie Bush, who it took until last year to finally get a 1,000 yard season, they have literally nobody on offense that even remotely is a threat.
- I would never assume that we're going to sweep the New England Patriots. But a Rex Ryan-led defense will always give Tom Brady fits, so it's a fair assumption that we split the series.
- Two, possibly three, of our games are likely to be defensive struggles. Against the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Francisco 49ers in particular, we can expect relatively low-scoring games that give our offense a shot. Both the Steelers and 49ers have stout defenses, but so do we. The third potential is the game against the Houston Texans, but they definitely have a more explosive offense than the first two.
- I think this is the most important point. We have eight (8!) games against rookie or inexperienced quarterbacks. The Dolphins (twice) with Ryan Tannehill, the Indianapolis Colts with Andrew Luck, the Seattle Seahawks with Russell Wilson, the St. Louis Rams with Sam Bradford (not really inexperienced anymore, but Brian Schottenheimer, Matthew Mulligan, and Wayne Hunter on offense), the Arizona Cardinals with John Skelton, and the Tennessee Titans with Jake Locker. You can expect Rex to throw everything at them. Even if we don't win all eight of those games, it would shocking if we didn't win five-six, in my opinion. I really wouldn't be surprised though if we won all eight.
All of that said, my official prediction is 10-6. But keep in mind as you evaluate the schedule, linked here, that it isn't just about how good our team is, it's also about how good (or bad, in certain instances) the opposing team is. Please avoid predictions that are based on nothing, but rather look to ones that truly consider the competition.