Key Additions: Le’Veon Bell, Adam Gase, Quinnen Williams, C.J. Mosley, Kelechi Osemele, Gregg Williams
Departures: Buster Skrine, James Carpenter, Mike Pennel, Andre Roberts
Returning Players: Marcus Maye, Neal Sterling, Brandon Copeland
|Week 1||Sept 8th 1:00PM ET||vs. Buffalo Bills (CBS)|
|Week 2||Sept 16th 8:15PM ET||vs. Cleveland Browns (ESPN)|
|Week 3||Sept 22nd 1:00PM ET||@ New England Patriots (CBS)|
|Week 4||Bye Week|
|Week 5||Oct 6th 1:00PM ET||@ Philadelphia Eagles (CBS)|
|Week 6||Oct 13th 4:25PM ET||vs. Dallas Cowboys (CBS)|
|Week 7||Oct 21st 8:15PM ET||vs. New England Patriots (ESPN)|
|Week 8||Oct 27th 1:00PM ET||@ Jacksonville Jaguars (CBS)|
|Week 9||Nov 3rd 1:00PM ET||@ Miami Dolphins (CBS)|
|Week 10||Nov 10th 1:00PM ET||vs. New York Giants (FOX)|
|Week 11||Nov 17th 1:00PM ET||@ Washington Redskins (CBS)|
|Week 12||Nov 24th 1:00PM ET||vs Oakland Raiders (CBS)|
|Week 13||Dec 1st 1:00PM ET||@ Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)|
|Week 14||Dec 8th 1:00PM ET||vs. Miami Dolphins (CBS)|
|Week 15||Dec 12th 8:20PM ET||@ Baltimore Ravens (FOX)|
|Week 16||Dec 22nd 1:00PM ET||vs Pittsburg Steelers (CBS)|
|Week 17||Dec 29th 1:00PM ET||@ Buffalo Bills (CBS)|
Their first season under Sam Darnold saw the Jets finish 4-9 in games he started and 4-12 overall. This was the final straw for Todd Bowles who was fired after 4 seasons. Additionally, Mike Maccagnan was fired as GM in May. Many questions were raised as this was weird timing due to his inputs on the Draft a month previously. Last season in one score games, the Jets went 2-6. It can be expected for this to regress towards the mean of .500 in the upcoming season. The Jets record does not inspire hope, but the play shown by Darnold sure does.
To add offensive fire power, Le’Veon Bell is a lethal threat out of the backfield. He provides Sam with a sure-handed pass catcher when he rolls out of the pocket. Similar success is to be expected to previous seasons where Bell had with Big Ben in these types of situations. Gase, in his first year as head coach, has two offensive weapons to showcase. As an offensive minded coach, there will not be many excuses if this offense does not put up points. On the defensive side, 4th overall pick Quinnen Williams and free agent C.J. Mosely could bring this defense to the next level. New defensive coordinator Gregg Williams should have no problem incorporating them with Jamal Adams and Leonard Williams. These three pro bowlers provide the solid core of a disruptive defense.
This scheduled is loaded with games to watch and chances for the Jets to double their wins from last season. Monday Night Football in Week 2 against the Giants will provide many headlines with Darnold vs Mayfield and Odell’s return to MetLife. Later in the season, Bell will square off against his former team in New York against the Steelers. He will be motivated to show up and run all over them. Similarly, C.J. Mosley will return to Baltimore to face the Ravens. Along with facing the top teams in the AFC North, the Jets will play the NFC East where tough match-ups lie ahead versus the Eagles and Cowboys. They will also get a “home” game against the Giants to be the top team in NY.
In the AFC East, the Jets could contend for the division, but this is not the year they will surpass the Patriots. A wildcard spot in the playoffs is where the expectations lie for the Jets. These playoff expectations may be out of reach with teams like the Chargers/Chiefs and Colts/Texans falling into the wild card spots. However, there are 10 winnable on the schedule for a team that is going to improve on both side of the ball. With the key additions, Adams holding down the secondary and Darnold with a season under his belt, expect the Jets to at least double their wins from last season.