The New York Jets offense – and Jets fans – should have some serious concerns heading into the regular season. The immediate concern is that they wrapped up their preseason on Thursday night with a 28-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and finished winless through four exhibition games. The bigger trepidation is that the Jets offense scored just one touchdown all preseason and none by the first stringers.
The NFL odds makers have already dropped the NY Jets in the Super Bowl futures. Once deemed among the potential elite teams in the AFC, many are now of the opinion that the Jets are a team that could be in decline. Head coach Rex Ryan’s trash-talking has quieted down, the running game – once the bread-and-butter of the offense – has been missing in action and neither quarterbacks have been able to move the football.
The good news is that this is just the preseason. The bad news is that a lot of these issues might be exacerbated when they start to face teams that are really trying.
Meanwhile, the Eagles finished the preseason 4-0 and are feeling fairly confident going into the regular season. Their defense has been stellar, allowing a total of 37 points in the final three preseason games while the offense scored at least 24 points in every game while averaging 26.5 points per game.
The Eagles will start the regular season with a Week 1 trip to Cleveland. The Browns are expected to be a weak team this season and the Eagles are one of the biggest favorites on the schedule.
Meanwhile, the Jets host the Buffalo Bills in Week 1 in what is expected to be a much tighter contest. The Jets offense will have to wake up quickly as the Bills defense is improved. After that, the Jets go to Pittsburgh and Miami before coming home to San Francisco and Houston.