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Fresh off their 19-14 Week 1 victory, the New York Jets will head to Green Bay to face the Packers. The Packers were embarrassed by Seattle, 36-16, on opening night. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 22 of 32 passes for 189 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Running back Ed Lacy suffered a concussion and his status is in question for this match-up. Seattle ran for 150 yards in their Week 1 over Green Bay so look for the Jets to run the ball to keep Rodgers and Co. off the field. The Jets ran for 175 yards in their Week 1 victory over the Raiders. Chris Ivory turned in the play of the day by taking a hand-off off left tackle for a 71-yard touchdown.

Oakland’s rookie quarterback, Derek Carr, completed 20-of-32 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns against the Jets. Carr does not have Randall Cobb or Nelson at his disposal nor does he have the ability of Aaron Rodgers. Look for Rodgers and Co. to come out throwing during their home opener.

Current NFL odds list the Packers as 9.5-point home favorites. This spread seems a little light, but underdogs went 10-3 against the spread during Week 1. In addition, the Jets showed the ability  to control the clock with their run game. Expect a heavy dosage of New York’s ‘Chris Backfield’ and a cover at the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field!

Official Pick: NY Jets +9.5

The New York Jets will host the Oakland Raiders to start the 2014 NFL season. Oakland will start their rookie quarterback, Derek Carr on the road against a Rex Ryan defense. The Raiders added Maurice Jones Drew in the off-season, so he’ll likely help in the run and pass game. The Jets are dealing with a plethora of injuries to their secondary. Top cornerback Dee Millner will not play, so that should help Carr. Carr’s WR options are not great, but expect a strong first effort in his first start. 

A lot of analysts are expecting a Jet route, which I don’t see. I think the Jets win a close game by 3-5 points. Since the Jets are laying 5.5 points, I’ll take the Raiders.

NFL Pick: Raiders +5.5

Expect a physical battle when the Jets and Giants square in a battle between the Big Apple’s two major football teams. Trash talk has already begun as Giants’ rookie RB Andre Williams claimed that the Giants were ‘the real New York team’. Jets’ veteran offensive lineman did not respond to Williams’ trash talk. He’d rather let his play do the talking. The Jets and Giants are collectively 5-0 so far this pre-season, but as we’ve seen years past, pre-season performance does not correlate to regular season success. Both teams must fix issues on both sides of the ball.

For the Jets, establishing an offensive early on will be critical. All signs point towards Geno Smith starting under center, so Rex Ryan and Co. will want to see the offense move the ball. In addition, Ryan is hoping his team will clean up some of their play. The Jets were flagged for seven personal fouls last weekend against the Cincinnati Bengals, who scored 40 points on the Jets last year. The Jets first round pick, safety Calvin Pryor will get the start on defense. The Jets are hoping wide receiver, Eric Decker will suit up for the first time this season.

For the Giants, the first team offense must play better! Eli Manning is just 7-for-16 for 49 yards in his three pre-season games. The Giants are installing a  new ‘West Coast’ offense under first year coordinator, Ben McAdoo. McAdoo was the quarterbacks’ coach in Green Bay last season. Many are citing Manning’s physical limitations as the main issue surrounding the offense. However, Manning hasn’t had the luxury of star WR Victor Cruz or first round WR, Odell Beckham at his disposal. Beckham (hamstring) will not play on Friday night.

Current NFL odds list this game as a straight up Pick’Em. Overall, I like the Giants in this game. The offense needs to have a big showing and I think the team will play with a sense of urgency. Take the Giants with your NFL Picks!

Selection: New York Giants -ML

The New York Jets (7-8) finish their season with one more divisional showdown. The Jets, 24-13 winners last week against the Cleveland Browns, will look to avenge their Week 13 loss against the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins flat out dominated the Jets, beating them 23-3 and vaulting themselves back into the playoff picture. With a home win on Sunday, the Dolphins will capture the sixth and final AFC playoff spot.

The New York Jets played with a lot of heart and emotion last week as they won their final home against the Cleveland Browns. There have been rumblings about Rex Ryan’s job status. Fox NFL Insider Jay Glazer believes that Ryan will be fired after the season and communicated this decision to his team on Saturday night. Ryan’s defense delivered a huge effort and rookie quarterback Geno Smith delivered a huge effort by accounting for three total touchdowns. Smith delivered two touchdown passes to unheralded wide receiver, David Nelson and added one on the ground with a 17-yard scamper late in the fourth quarter. Smith’s touchdown fired Rex Ryan up more than usual. Ryan was fist pumping and jumping up and down on the sideline. Let’s see if Ryan and Smith can build on this performance and carry this momentum to Miami.

The Jets were great at home, posting a 6-2 record, but struggling mightily on the road, losing six of seven contests. The Jets will attempt to play spoiler for the Dolphins, but the linemakers peg the Dolphins as a solid home favorite. NFL Odds are in Miami’s favor as they opened as a solid seven-point home favorite against their AFC East foes. Rex Ryan’s team has not won two games in a row this season and given his impending dismissal, I have a hard time thinking the Jets will win this game. Ryan Tannehill had a big game against the Jets in Week 13 and I expect another one with a lot on the line.

Prediction: Dolphins 24 Jets 10

The 6-8 New York Jets season effectively ended last week with a 30-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Once again, quarterback Geno Smith looked befuddled by the blitz and had a hard time completing passes to open receivers. In fact, only six of Smith’s 15 completions went to wide receivers. Despite his troubles throwing, the Jets were able to run for 153 yards against Carolina’s top ranked run defense. The Jets will look to once again establish the run against Cleveland’s eighth ranked run defense.

The 4-10 Cleveland Browns have once again had a rough season. Cleveland has played five different quarterbacks throughout the season and will likely add another during next year’s draft. Last week, Cleveland dropped a heart breaking 27-26 decision on the road to the New England Patriots. New England scored 14 unanswered points in the final two minutes to sneak away with the win.

The lone bright spot of Cleveland’s offense has been wide receiver, Josh Gordon. Gordon, who leads the NFL with 1,447 receiving yards, has been a dynamic play maker. Gordon missed the first two games of the season due a suspension, but has performed with a multitude of quarterbacks under center. Tight end Jordan Cameron has also enjoyed a breakout season, catching 75 passes for 848 yards and 7 TDs. Both Gordon and Cameron will look to take advantage of a Jet defense that has been suspect in recent weeks.

Despite New York’s home field advantage, many are expecting a tight game in the Meadowlands. According to current NFL odds, the Jets are favored by just one point. The small spread can be attributed to Smith’s lack of consistent play, the inconsistencies of the Jet defense, and Cleveland’s dynamic play makers. Cleveland does not have much of a running game, which is the Jets strength, but Cleveland can beat teams with Gordon and Cameron. 

I like Cleveland in this game. Their play makers are far superior to the Jets and Cleveland’s defense is good enough to stop Geno Smith. 

Prediction: Cleveland 21 New York 17

The 6-7 New York Jets kept their season alive with a 37-27 home victory over the Oakland Raiders. Geno Smith bounced back with his best game in two months and the Jet defense answered the call with a strong defensive effort. Things will get much tougher this week for Smith and Co. as they travel to Carolina to take on the angry 9-4 Carolina Panthers. Carolina laid an egg on Sunday Night Football in New Orleans and will look to bounce back with a home victory over the Jets. Carolina QB Cam Newton has played well lately and the Jets must figure out a way to slow to down Newton’s dual-threat abilities. After running for 4.5 yards per carry against Oakland, the Jets will try to run on Carolina’s ferocious, top-ranked run defense. Carolina is allowing a league best 79.4 rushing yards per game. 

The Jets enter this game trailing the Baltimore Ravens by one game for the AFC’s final Wildcard spot. The Miami Dolphins, who the Jets play in Week 17, also sit one game ahead of the Jets. The Ravens have a tough remaining schedule (at DET, vs NE, at CIN) while the Dolphins have a much easier schedule (vs NE, at BUF, vs NYJ). The Jets’ remaining schedule presents some challenges (at CAR, vs CLE, at MIA), so a win this week is critical for keeping playoff hopes alive. Many are not expecting a Jet win this weekend. Current NFL betting odds have Carolina installed as a 12-point favorite. The linemakers are clearly expecting a big performance from Carolina and a lack luster performance from the Jets. 

In most instances, I would expect the Jets to build off of last week’s victory. However, this is a terrible match-up. Carolina’s defense has been one of the top units in the NFL. No one runs the ball on the Panthers. The Jets have enough trouble passing the ball to make me a little leery about this match-up. I’m expecting Carolina to win big and cover the spread.

Prediction: Carolina 27 New York 10

On Sunday, the 5-7 New York Jets looked bewildered as they dropped a 20-3 decision against the Miami Dolphins. Once again, Geno Smith played poorly and the Dolphins deployed a multitude of blitz packages. Smith was only able to complete four passes for 39 yards in one half of play. Smith was benched at halftime and back-up Matt Simms did little to inspire confidence. The 4-8 Oakland Raiders figure to follow a similar game plan.

The Oakland Raiders head to New York off a very tough road loss on Thanksgiving to the Dallas Cowboys. Tony Romo led a fourth quarter comeback against the pesky Raiders to keep Dallas in the NFC East race. Led by rookie QB Matt McGloin, the Raiders will attempt to set tempo by running the ball with Rashad Jennings and Darren McFadden. The Raiders and Jets are both out of the playoff picture, so this game will be for seeding in next year’s draft. After weeks of disappointing play, Jets head coach, Rex Ryan may be coaching for his job.

After this week’s home tilt against the Raiders, the Jets will travel to take on the surging 9-3 Carolina Panthers, host the 4-8 Cleveland Browns, and square off against the 6-6 Dolphins in Week 17. We believe that Ryan must win both home games in order to save his job.

Bookmakers are expecting a tight game between the Jets and Dolphins. This year’s 2013 NFL odds indicate that the Jets are the play as a small 2.5 point favorite. The Jets are 4-2 against the spread as a home team this season while the Raiders are 2-4 ATS as a road team. In addition, the over/under is set at 39 points, which is one of the lowest Week 14 totals. The Jets did not pay off last week, but I’m going to stick with them. I like the Jets this week in a very tight contest.

Prediction: Jets 14 Raiders 10

Last week, the 5-6 New York Jets looked completely inept as they dropped a 19-3 decision in Baltimore to the Ravens. As a rookie passer, Geno Smith has looked bewildered against the blitz. The Ravens deployed a multitude of blitz packages and Smith was only able to complete four passes for 42 yards through three and a half quarters of play. The 5-6 Miami Dolphins figure to follow suite and apply pressure early and often. 

The Miami Dolphins, who are no strangers to controversy, head to New York off a very tough home loss to the Carolina Panthers. Carolina QB Cam Newton willed the Panthers to a last second victory and sent the Dolphins into a six-way tie for the final AFC playoff berth. With only five weeks to go, every game is critical. Given how tight the playoff race is, this battle of 5-6 AFC East foes is essentially an elimination game. 

After this week’s home tilt against the Dolphins, the Jets will host the 4-7 Oakland Raiders, travel to take on the surging 8-3 Carolina Panthers, host the 4-7 Cleveland Browns, and square off against the 5-6 Dolphins in Week 17. A win this week will give the Jets a great chance at securing eight wins with the possibility of nine wins. The Jets figure to be a large underdog in Carolina against the Panthers. 

Bookmakers are expecting a tight game between the Jets and Dolphins. A review of past 2013 NFL odds suggest that the Jets are the play as the home team in a ‘Pick’em Game’. The Jets are 4-1 against the spread as a home team this season while the Dolphins are 2-3 ATS as a road team. In addition, the over/under is set at 38.5 points, which is one of the lowest Week 13 totals. Miami QB Ryan Tannehill is one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the NFL, so expect Rex Ryan to deploy pressure looks to test Miami’s offensive line. I like the Jets this week in a very tight contest.

Prediction: Jets 20 Dolphins 17

Despite coming off a terrible loss to the Buffalo Bills, the New York Jets still have some hope to make the playoffs. Sitting at 5-5 and in second place in the AFC East, they have a favorable last six games on their schedule. So can the Jets overcome the odds and make the playoffs, despite having so many holes in their lineup?

Rookie quarterback Geno Smith has certainly had his ups and downs this season, and he is coming off perhaps his worst professional performance ever. Simply put, be happy that you did not start him in fantasy football last week. The Bills made him look silly, forcing three interceptions and a lost fumble. He was so bad that the Jets benched him for Matt Simms, who looked decent in him limited playing time. There is no quarterback controversy yet, but Smith all of a sudden is under a little bit more pressure.

The Week 12 matchup for the Jets is huge, as they will travel to Baltimore to take on the 4-6 Ravens. Both of these teams are somehow holding onto their playoff life, with San Diego, Miami, Tennessee and others battling as well.

Perhaps the one major calling card for this Jets team right now is their young, dynamic defensive line. They have been largely responsible for their huge wins over the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints. Their offense is not going to simply outscore opponents, and they have no true fantasy football stars, but this team can win ugly as long as Smith (or Simms) can be competent out there.

The spotlight is always a little brighter on Rex Ryan and his Jets, but this team could take advantage of a top-heavy AFC this season. The loss last week isn’t the end of the world, but it makes this direct matchup with a contending Baltimore club that much bigger.

It may sound odd to many, but the New York Jets are in the driver’s seat for the AFC’s second wildcard berth. Outside of the Denver Broncos, the Jets are the AFC’s only non-division leader with a winning record. That fact may speak to the ineptness of the rest of the AFC, but it’s hard not to like the Jets’ chances going forward. Couple the Jets’ 5-4 record with division foe Miami’s problems protecting Ryan Tannehill and off-field issues and the Jets should be able to able to dominate a rather easy second half schedule en-route to a playoff berth. Carolina may be the only team to present some issues.  Still, this team has been inconsistent from Rex Ryan to Geno Smith, so the question is worth asking: Can the Jets hang impose their will make the playoffs for the third time in five seasons?

The strength of Rex Ryan’s teams has only been consistent special teams play and good defenses. Ryan’s defense and special teams play always seems to cover up shoddy quarterback play. Look back to Mark Sanchez’s tenure as the Jets’ starting quarterback. Sanchez ‘led’ the Jets to four road playoff wins, but Ryan’s defense carried the team to victory. Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson and cornerback Antonio Cromartie anchor the defense. While Cromartie and the secondary hasn’t been as good as it has been, Wilkerson is playing like an All-Pro and rookie Sheldon Richardson is a strong rookie of the year candidate. While the defense has been strong, the offensive play has once again been very inconsistent.

Rookie quarterback, Geno Smith has had an up-and-down rookie season. Smith has appeared as a serviceable game manager in certain game while looking like an erratic rookie in others. Smith has not benefited from his receiving core that has been injured and completely ineffective at times. Smith’s slate of second half opponents (BUF, MIA x2, BAL, CLE, OAK, CAR) aren’t too daunting. Smith may have issues with Baltimore and Carolina, but should be able to throw more in his remaining five contests.

The second half of the schedule gets underway on Sunday afternoon in Buffalo. NFL Mobile Odds has Buffalo listed as a one-point favorite, but the Jets have won three straight games at Buffalo. Smith threw for over 300 yards as the Jets defeated the Bills, 27-20 earlier this season.

Expect another strong showing from the Jet defense as they build towards a playoff run.