With training camp going at full steam, now might be a good time to wade through all the hype and review just what the Jets have been up to this off-season, what’s in store for them on opening weekend and some Week 1 NFL odds.
Back to Basics
New York had made consecutive AFC championship game appearances, but floundered last year, going 8-8 and missing the playoffs. The Jets got to 8-5, but lost their last three games in a row.
Defensively New York was basically fine, ranked fifth overall and 13th vs. the run. But on offense the Jets had some problems, some having to do with the personnel and some having to do with the play-calling. New York ranked 25th in offense and just 22nd in rushing, at 106 YPG.
In the two seasons the Jets made it to the AFC championship game under Coach Ryan they ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the league in rushing attempts. Last year, they ranked 16th, as they let Mark Sanchez throw the ball 543 times instead.
Maybe they should run the ball a little more this year, eh?
Bring on the Mania
Just in case you just back from the Moon, the Jets made one really interesting move this off-season; they traded for a back-up quarterback named Tim Tebow. The problem is, we’re not sure they even know what they’re going to do with him. H-Back? Tight end? Special teams? As of this writing, nobody knows.
However, in a move that has gone under the radar, and will probably have a bigger impact on this year’s fortunes, New York replaced offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer with former Dolphins HC Tony Sparano. It will be his job to re-emphasize the power running game, using Shonn Greene as the battering ram.
Week 1 Jets Preview
The Jets open this season Sept. 9 with a home game vs. the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo is also looking to improve, after turning a 5-2 start last year into a 6-10 disappointment.
New York swept its two games with the Bills last year, winning by scores of 27-11 and 28-24.
As of early this week BetOnline is listing the Jets as 3.5-point favorites for that Week 1 game over Buffalo. Handicapping games six weeks in advance can be a little tough, but we like New York minus the points for that opening Sunday matchup.