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The New York Jets have not exactly been dominant in the last few years. At times, the defense has been solid, but the offense has been atrocious. If the Jets are going to contend in a competitive AFC East division, their offense must improve. Of course, they also need the defense to play a very high level. As we prepare for the 2015 NFL season, fans will ask themselves, just how good is this defense?

New York actually struggled a bit in 2014 on defense, at least from a fantasy football money leagues perspective. The defense was unable to create turnovers and that really limited them all season long. However, adding Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie to the secondary will certainly help create turnovers and put more pressure on opposing offenses. Revis and Cromartie are excellent play makers and they will be able to anchor the last line of defense.

As far as the front seven is concerned, things are shaping up nicely. Fans are excited about their young trio of Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson and Leonard Williams. Many see Williams as the most ready rookie in the entire NFL, so that will be interesting to monitor. The talent is certainly there for them to be a Top-10 team on defense, but the coaching staff must be on the same page. Consider that done, as Todd Bowles has already set the tone and has begun changing the team’s culture. All of the important defensive statistics  should increase, with the exception of the sack total. The Jets were already pretty good at getting to the quarterback, so they should be able to keep that up in 2015.

Finding a quarterback and getting the offense in order should be the main focus for the New York Jets in training camp. The defense is already well ahead of the offense, but they obviously need both if they want any shot at putting fear in their opponents.

During the 2014 season, football was pretty forgettable for New York teams as the Jets and Giants combined for just ten wins. The Giants opted to keep its coaching staff in place while the Jets relieved Rex Ryan and his staff of its duties.  With Coughlin at the helm, Giants fans will always have Super Bowl aspirations while Jets fans will rely on a new coach to win its second Super Bowl in franchise history. Former Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator, Todd Bowles, will look to take the Jets back to the playoffs during the 2015 season. A first review of 2015 win totals, however, are not encouraging for either team. According to oddsmaker’s early 2015 win totals, the Giants are projected to win eight games while the Jets’ total is set at 6.5 wins. Learn more about NFL Football Odds where the over/under is one of the simplest bets of all.

Despite a pedestrian win total, fans are ready to cheer on a Giants team that has not made the playoffs since its last Super Bowl win (2011). Despite its playoff draught, New York found a new playmaker last season when Odell Beckham Jr. stepped up after Victor Cruz suffered a season-ending injury. Beckham Jr. will lead a talented bunch of playmakers that want to restore New York’s winning tradition. New York has four Super Bowl titles, including two recent Super Bowl wins in 2007 and 2011.

By virtue of a new head coach, general manager, and a strong draft class, the New York Jets look primed to compete in the AFC East. New York also signed several notable free agents, namely Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. Despite these additions, New York has not had much recent success. New York has not won a Super Bowl since 1968 when Joe Namath guaranteed victory over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. New York has made 13 playoff appearances and won four division titles since its last Super Bowl title. New York is still seeking its first AFC Championship after falling short in 2010 and 2011. The race for the AFC East title should be very competitive this season. Tom Brady has been suspended for four games, which creates some opportunity for his AFC East foes. Even though the Jets won’t play New England during Brady’s suspension, one or two early losses by New England may shape the AFC East race.  

New York is accustomed to cheering on winning teams. The Giants have a strong, winning tradition while the Jets were close to Super Bowl berths during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Both teams haven’t had success in recent years, but one strong season can turn the tide. Fans will fill MetLife Stadium each week to cheer their teams on as each team looks to return to the playoffs. A lack of star power isn’t an issue for either team. Executing and out-gaming its opponents each Sunday will be the difference between playing football and watching football come January and February.  Despite lackluster win totals, expect strong efforts from both the Jets and Giants during the 2015 NFL season!

The New York Jets (1-7) have lost seven straight games. Given their recent struggles, New York has benched quarterback, Geno Smith and gave the starting job to journeyman, Michael Vick. Smith threw three first quarter interceptions and was promptly benched. Vick played the rest of the game, but committed three turnovers in the loss. Running back Chris Ivory scored two touchdowns in the loss, but New York’s quarterback play must improve if it wants to save face during this disasterous 2014 season. Don’t expect things to get any easier when New York heads to a raucous Arrowhead Stadium.

The Kansas City Chiefs (4-3) have won two straight games, including a 34-7 victory last week against the St. Louis Rams. Running back Jamaal Charles ran for 67 yards and two touchdowns while wide receiver Dwayne Bowe caught six passes for 64 yards. Kansas City is the NFL’s third best rushing team with 140.7 rushing yards per game. Kansas City’s defense is only allowing 195.7 passing yards per game, which will present a huge issue for New York’s porous passing attack. Kansas City is 2-1 in its home games this year. 

Current NFL odds list Kansas City as 10.5 home favorites over New York. While things have been porous for New York, I’ll be happy to take double digit points. I fully expect New York to bounce back. Vick will be given all of the reps during practice and will have an opportunity to develop some chemistry with his receivers. Vick also adds a dynamic rushing element to New York’s offense. Take the Jets for your NFL picks.

Official Pick: NY Jets +10.5

Two AFC East rivals will square off this Sunday at Metlife Stadium when the New York Jets (1-6) host the Buffalo Bills (4-3). New York has lost six straight games and is coming off a tough 27-25 road loss to the New England Patriots. New York’s offense compiled 217 rushing yards against New England, but its defense could not stop Tom Brady. Running back Chris Ivory had for 107 yards and one touchdown while Geno Smith completed 20-of-34 pass attempts for 226 yards and one touchdown. New York’s defense yielded 261 passing yards and three touchdowns to Tom Brady. Expect Smith and Co. to bounce back at home against a team its had some recent success against.

The Buffalo Bills are coming off a thrilling last second 17-16 home victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins caught nine passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Watkins second touchdown proved to be the game winner. Buffalo lost its top two running backs, CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson to injury and will rely on Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown to carry the rushing load. New York’s defense has only allowed 88 rushing yards per game, so expect the onus to fall on quarterback Kyle Orton, Watkins, and the rest of Buffalo’s passing attack. 

Current NFL odds list the New York Jets as 2.5 point home favorites against Buffalo. New York has won its last four home games against Buffalo, including a 27-20 win at Metlife Stadium last year. This spot is great for the Jets. Buffalo is coming off an emotional, last second home victory where it lost two of its best play makers while the Jets have been stewing over their lost to New England on Thursday Night Football. Lay the small number and select the New York Jets with your NFL Picks!

Official Pick: NY Jets -2.5 

The New York Jets (1-5), losers of five straight games, will travel to New England to face the Patriots (4-2) on Thursday Night Football. The New York Jets are coming off a rough 31-17 home loss against the Denver Broncos. Geno Smith threw two touchdown passes, but also threw a fourth quarter interception during a potential game tying drive. New York’s running backs could only muster 16 yards on 12 carries as New York’s offensive line struggled to stop Denver defenders from penetrating into the backfield. While New York had trouble running, play calling wasn’t much better. Smith’s average pass attempt traveled just 6.4 yards, which indicates a very conservative offensive approach and an offense where receivers simply cannot get open. Things will be tough when New York travels to face the upstart Patriots.

The Patriots are coming off a convincing 37-22 road victory over the Buffalo Bills. Tom Brady threw for 361 yards and four touchdowns on a bad ankle against one of the league’s better pass rushes. Wide receiver Brandon LaFell led the way with 97 yards and two touchdowns while Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman combined from 16 catches and 185 yards. The Patriots took to the air as they were unable to run the ball against Buffalo’s stout run defense. The Patriots ran for just 50 yards on 27 carries and lost running back Stevan Ridley to a knee injury.

Current NFL odds list the Patriots as 10.5 point favorites after opening as 7.5 point favorites. Expect a similar game plan from the Jets this week. The Jets put pressure on Peyton Manning and tried to make him uncomfortable. Expect them to put pressure on Brady. While 10.5 points is a lot, I expect the Jets to come out and put pressure on Brady. Take the points as the Jets try to pull the upset in New England.

Official Pick: Jets +10.5

Two teams heading in opposite directions will square off in New York during Week 6. The New York Jets (1-4) head home after a downright embarrassing 31-0 loss in San Diego to the upstart Chargers. Quarterback Geno Smith completed just 4-of-12 passes for 27 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception. San Diego held a convincing 21-0 lead at halftime and out-gained New York’s hapless offense, 303 to 60. Smith was benched in favor of Michael Vick, who wasn’t any better in relief. New York’s offense was complete inept and didn’t cross into San Diego territory until midway through the fourth quarter. Wide receiver, Eric Decker, who is nursing a hamstring injury, didn’t play. Therefore, New York’s receiving core was made up practice squad players that couldn’t win their one-on-one battles. Due to the passing attack’s inability to get going, the running game suffered. Chris Johnson lost a fumble and Ivory only garnered nine carries. New York’s defense gave up 298 yards and three touchdowns to Phil Rivers. Their secondary was once again exposed. This may be a major issue with Peyton Manning coming to town.

The Denver Broncos (3-1) came off of their bye week with a convincing 40-21 home win over the Arizona Cardinals. Peyton Manning threw for a career high 479 yards. Manning tossed two touchdowns to Demaryius Thomas, who had 229 yards, and Julius Thomas, who had 66 yards. Running back Montee Ball ran six times for seven yards and left with an injury. Needless to say, Denver’s offense didn’t miss a beat without him.

Current NFL odds list the Denver Broncos as 8-point road favorites in New York. This number seems a little low given Denver’s strength lies with its passing attack and New York’s secondary has been gashed week after week. It’s easy to overrated or underrated teams after one week, but expect Manning to have his team ready to play. New York’s offense is in complete disarray. Lay the points and take the Broncos for your NFL Picks!

Official Pick: Broncos -8

The New York Jets (1-2) are coming off a tough Monday Night Football loss to the Chicago Bears. Geno Smith really struggled, as he threw two interceptions and Eric Decker left early with a hamstring injury. The Detroit Lions (2-1) will look to continue their strong play when they visit New York. Detroit is coming off a home win over the Green Bay Packers. Detroit’s offense struggled, but the defense bailed them out by creating seven points off a Green Bay turnover. Running back Reggie Bush led the way for Detroit’s offense, running for 73 yards and adding one touchdown. 

Despite Smith’s struggles, running back Chris Ivory has been a huge positive for the offense. Ivory is averaging 5.7 yards per carry and adds a whole tough, physical element to New York’s offense. Running back Chris Johnson has struggled over the last two weeks, rushing for just 40 total yards. Detroit’s run defense has been very good, limiting teams to just 63 rushing yards per game. New York is even better, limiting opponents to 55 rushing yards per game.

The key to New York’s game plan will be limiting a somewhat gimpy Calvin Johnson. Historically, Johnson has played through injuries and will likely play this week’s game with a bad ankle. The Jets are unlikely to have their top corner, Dee Milliner, so any limitation to Johnson will be welcome.

Current NFL odds have the Lions listed as a 2.5 point road favorite. Despite playing on a short week, I like the Jets in this spot. Everyone has begun to write-off Geno Smith and Smith has proven he can bounce back. The Lions are a very streaky team and I’m expecting a big Jet effort on Sunday afternoon. Select the Jets with your NFL Picks today!

Official Pick: NY Jets +2.5


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