It’s been a tough summer for the New York Jets. Their preseason has been a disaster, so let’s move on and take a look at their regular season schedule to see how many wins they will end up with.
The good news is that they play in a relatively weak division. The AFC East has only one beast — the New England Patriots. The Jets always play the Patriots tough, but this year, both of those games will be losses for New York.
They also get to play the Miami Dolphins and the Buffalo Bills twice. The Dolphins made superficial moves this offseason, and the Bills have issues of their own at quarterback. I’ll give the Jets a 2-2 record against those teams, starting them out with a 2-4 record after the division games.
Staying in the AFC, they play all four teams from the AFC North. They get the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns at home and travel to the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals. The Ravens, Steelers and Bengals are all losses for sure, but we can give them a win against the Browns. Now we’re at 3-7 for the Jets.
They also play all four teams in the NFC South, one of the toughest divisions in all of football. Both the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons are likely to end up in the playoffs, and are just as likely to beat the Jets. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers aren’t quite the sure things that the other NFC South teams are, but they’re still better than the Jets. I see New York losing all these games, leaving them with a 3-11 record.
The good news is that their poor finish last year left them with two pretty easy games to round out the schedule. They get the Oakland Raiders at home and the Tennessee Titans on the road. Both of those teams should be in contention with the Jets for the first overall pick in next year’s draft, so let’s say they split those two games.
That leaves us with a final record for the Jets of 4-12. That’s pretty close to what I was expecting out of this team. Even beyond the obvious issues at quarterback, this is one of the weaker teams in the league. If it wasn’t for their easy schedule, we could be talking about much worse.
Hey, at least a 4-12 finish should mean they can take a quarterback early in next year’s draft.