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Finally, the regular season starts tomorrow for the New York Jets. There has been enough talk and controversy, mostly unnecessary, over this team throughout the offseason than most teams face throughout a season. Starting tomorrow, it’s time to produce or lose your job. Here’s a game-by-game outlook on the Jets this season from my perspective…
Home games are in bold
Week 1: Buffalo (9/9)-This almost seems like a must-win for the Jets with their tough schedule coming up in the next few weeks. Rex Ryan gets his team ready to make a statement in game 1 and wins the home opener, Jets Win 1-0.
Week 2: Pittsburgh (9/16)-Not a good matchup for the Jets offense. The steelers have too many good pass rushers, with Harrison and Woodley. Austin Howard might get embarrassed during this one. Jets Lose 1-1.
Week 3: Miami (9/23)-Remember the last time the Jets were in Miami? Complete disaster to end the season. Oddly enough, this might be the game Santonio Holmes breaks out and has over 100 yards. Jets defense is too strong. Jets Win 2-1.
Week 4: San Francisco (9/30)- This will be a very physical, tough game. Two of the best defenses in the NFL, but the 49ers have the offensive edge with their balanced attack. Alex Smith makes a few more plays than Sanchez. Jets Lose 2-2.
Week 5: Houston (10/8)- Rex Ryan will call this one a must-win. I really believe the Texans will come into this one extremely confident and actually overlook the Jets. Tebow and the wildcat score a few touchdowns and come up big. Jets Win 3-2.
Week 6: Indianapolis (10/14)- This will be a low scoring game, with both teams trying to control the clock. The Jets defense will be too much for Andrew Luck to handle. Jets Win 4-2.
Week 7: New England (10/21)- Jets always have a hard time beating the Patriots on the road. This will be no different, Patriots cruise during this one. Jets Lose 4-3.
Week 8: Miami (10/28)- By this time in the season, Ryan Tannehill will have slighty improved from the last time they played, but so will Mark Sanchez. Run game comes big in this one. Jets Win 5-3.
Week 10: Seattle (11/11)- The Jets are not a good team on the west coast. On the road, in the crazy 12th man atmosphere, Mark Sanchez has one of his worst games of his season. Jets Lose 5-4.
Week 11: St. Louis (11/18)- Every season, there’s always one or two games the Jets should win, but don’t. Here’s one of them. Sanchez doesn’t play well and the media starts to turn to Tebow. Jets Lose 5-5.
Week 12: New England (11/22)- On a short week, coming off two straight losses, the Jets play better but its not enough. The Patriots have somewhat of a running game to go along with that great passing scheme. Jets Lose 5-6.
Week 13: Arizona (12/2)- The Jets get over a week to rest and gameplan for Arizona. The Jets come out in a big way and fire on all cylinders in a blowout win. Revis has another pick-6 touchdown against the Cardinals. Jets Win 6-6.
Week 14: Jacksonville (12/9)- The Jets know they must stop MJD, and they do. With the game in Blaine Gabbert’s hands, he throws a pair of interceptions and the Jets close it out in the 4th quarter. Jets Win 7-6.
Week 15: Tennessee (12/17)- On MNF, this could potentially be an elimination game in the playoff chase. This will be a very close game, with both sides trying to run the ball and control the clock. The Titans do it a little better than the Jets. Jets Lose 7-7.
Week 16: San Diego (12/23)-The Jets always play well against the Chargers and that will continue. The Chargers receiving corp does not get enough separation against Revis and Cromartie which leads to a few sacks by Coples and Pace. Jets Win 8-7.
Week 17: Buffalo (12/30)-With the playoffs highly unlikely, the Jets lose their focus. Rex Ryan also puts in Tim Tebow more than usual, but that doesn’t work too well. Jets Lose 8-8.
There you have it, the Jets will go 8-8. The Jets will have a top-10 defense without a doubt, but there are way too many question marks on the offensive side of the ball. The NFL is an offensive-driven league right now. Until I see improvement on offense, the Jets will miss the playoffs.