Many media members and even fans do not expect much from the New York Jets this season. A lack of proven offensive playmakers is well documented. Youth on defense also leads to further questions. After last year saw so much turmoil, things must turn around in order for head coach Rex Ryan to keep his job past 2013.
Two contests against defending AFC East champion New England Patriots always proves to be difficult. New York suffered many self-inflicted wounds during an embarrassing 30-point defeat on Thanksgiving. Despite several question marks with surrounding talent, quarterback Tom Brady inspires hope no matter the circumstances. A Week 5 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons also presents difficulty. The defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens have reloaded despite losing nine starters. Among these tough opponents are slightly easier foes.
Included in Gang Green’s division are the Buffalo Bills. This franchise has seen its share of struggles lately while more troubles are predicted. The Jets could steal both games Weeks 3 and 11. Counting both contests against New England, New York only encounters 2012 Playoff teams which ranks 20th in strength of schedule. Seeing the Tennessee Titans again should provide some relief as well. Competition at quarterback continues between incumbent Mark Sanchez and second-round selection Geno Smith. Change has taken place on defense as seven starters have gone. Although doubters loom, this team posses some talent.
Ryan’s time may be running out with new general manager John Idzik in charge. Improving on their previous 6-10 record is obviously the goal that could somehow be made possible by a softer overall slate of opponents.