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5 Signs That the New York Jets Will Make the Playoffs in 2014

5 Signs That the New York Jets Will Make the Playoffs in 2014

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After a surprising 8-8 record last season for the New York Jets’ expectations are high in 2014. They are a much improved team on the offensive side of the ball after an offseason of growing and adding talent. In 2014 there are many signs that are pointing to the Jets returning to the playoffs.

5. Easy End To Their Schedule

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5. Easy End To Their Schedule

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To start the season the Jets’ schedule is one of the toughest in the NFL. On the bright side though, after their bye week it gets much easier. The Jets’ final six games only has them playing against one playoff team from last season, which can be the Jets’ chance to get wins and make the playoffs.

4. Stronger Running Game

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4. Stronger Running Game

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The Jets have a pretty formidable three-headed monster in the backfield this season. Improving upon the Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell duo from last season the Jets brought in a playmaker in Chris Johnson. Johnson’s ability to catch the ball out of the backfield will be a different dynamic in Jets’ offense.

3. Massive Upgrade at WR

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3. Massive Upgrade at WR

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Bringing in Eric Decker will give the Jets’ offense something it was sorely missing in 2013. Decker may not be a true number one WR, but is a much better wide receiver than anyone on the roster in the past few seasons. He will be able to provide Smith with a go-to guy that will help Smith’s development.

2. Defensive Line Will Be Even Better

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2. Defensive Line Will Be Even Better

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Quite possibly the brightest spot for the Jets for the next few years will be their young talented defensive line. Muhammad Wilkerson was a Pro Bowl player last season, and will likely be one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL in his fourth season. Sheldon Richardson will be looking to make his first Pro Bowl after being DROY in 2013.

1. A Much Improved Geno Smith

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1. A Much Improved Geno Smith

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Smith was able to lead the Jets to a .500 record in his rookie season despite not playing all that great for most of the season. Towards the end of last season, Smith gained more confidence, and now with a good training camp and preseason under his belt, he will be able to be a leader this season.

Nick Ziegler is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Ziggy26x and add him to your network on Google.