We couldn’t just give you the standard 12 pack of predictions before Labor Day weekend. It is time crack open an entire 30 rack of predictions for the 2o12 New York Jets season. Make sure you are with us throughout the weekend and into next week as we are in regular season mode now at TOJ. Myself, Chris Gross, Mike Donnelly, TJ Rosenthal, Rob Celletti and Chris Celletti are going to be bringing you endless content to get you ready for Jets/Bills and the start of the NFL season.
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On to the predictions –
1. Mark Sanchez, barring injury or a Wildcat formation on the first play from scrimmage, will start every single game at quarterback for the Jets this season. He will finish with a career high in completion percentage and quarterback rating, along with a career low in interceptions.
2. Quinton Coples is going to finish with 6 sacks in his rookie season and be a consistent disruptive force on the Jets defensive line, making people like me who doubted the selection very foolish.
3. Coples fellow defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson will make his first Pro-Bowl in 2012, providing both a strong pass rush and a dominant presence against the run.
4. The Jets defense will finish top three in total defense and first in rushing yards allowed per game.
5. Aaron Maybin will lead the Jets in sacks with 10.5.
6. LaRon Landry will start at least 12 games and lead the team in interceptions.
7. Tim Tebow will lead the Jets in rushing touchdowns with 8. Mark Sanchez will finish with 3 rushing touchdowns.
8. Shonn Greene will finish with somewhere between 1,150 and 1,250 yards along with 6 touchdowns.
9. Dustin Keller will lead the Jets in receptions and finish with a career high 8 receiving touchdowns.
10. Santonio Holmes will lead the Jets in receiving yards and have a nice bounce-back season.
11. Stephen Hill will have at least 4 receptions of more than 30 yards. He will finish with 5 touchdowns but lead the team in dropped passes.
12. Jason Smith will finish the season as the Jets starting right tackle.
13. The Jets will finish 4-2 in the AFC East.
14. Bart Scott will keep his starting position at inside linebacker for the entire season, finishing with 80 tackles and 2.5 sacks in his final season as a member of the New York Jets.
15. David Harris will lead the Jets in tackles with 105 and finish with 4.5 sacks, 2 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles.
16. Darrelle Revis will keep both Andre Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald under 50 receiving yards in their respective match-ups.
17. Tim Tebow will be the Jets second leading rusher by a wide margin. He will finish with less than 250 yards passing on the season.
18. Joe McKnight will return 2 kicks for a touchdown this season.
19. Bilal Powell will finish with less than 300 total offensive yards.
20. Calvin Pace will have 4 sacks in his final season as a member of the New York Jets.
21. The New York Jets will enter their week 9 bye at 4-4 or 5-3.
22. The Jets will enter their final 3 games against Tennessee, San Diego and Buffalo firmly in the mix for a wild-card spot along with the Titans and Chargers.
23. The Jets will finish in second place in the AFC East, at least 2 games behind New England and at least 2 games ahead of Buffalo.
24. The Jets will finish with a winning record at home.
25. Antonio Cromartie will play less than 5 snaps on offense all season and have zero receptions. He will have 4 interceptions and a defensive touchdown.
26. Terrance Ganaway will be the starting fullback by the end of the season.
27. All Pro – Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold
28. Pro-Bowl – LaRon Landry, David Harris, Muhammad WIlkerson
29. Most improved players – Muhammad Wilkerson, Kenrick Ellis, Mark Sanchez, Nick Folk
30. The Jets will finish 9-7 or 10-6, sneaking into the final wild-card spot.