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The New York Jets currently sit at the bottom of a generally mediocre AFC. As in most seasons, it is New England (5-1) and everybody else. There is a cluster of two loss teams (Denver, Pittsburgh, Oakland, Buffalo, Kansas City, Houston), and then a cluster of 3-3/2-4 teams the Jets can join with a win. If you want to be an optimist, you could say the Jets schedule lays out in a way where they can make a run before their bye week. After Arizona, the Jets get the ice cold 3-3 Ravens, the 0-6 Browns, the 2-4 Dolphins and 3-3 Jeff Fisher Mustache Mediocrity Show. Hey, they won 5 in a row last year, right?
Of course we don’t know if the Jets are better than any of those listed teams. They can be steamrolling to a 1-9 record before their bye week from what we’ve seen thus far. Tonight, against an Arizona team that seems headed towards regression after appearing in the NFC Championship Game last year will be an interesting test and will be a tone setter for the stretch heading into the bye.
Are we going to see the same blueprint from the past two weeks? Kick a bunch of a field goals. Load up on mental errors. Coach conservatively on 3rd and 4th down. Hang around in a one possession game until the early minutes of the 4th quarter before succumbing to a double digit loss? Or, are we going to see a semblance of competence that allows the Jets to potentially upset the Cardinals and shoot some life back into this season?
1-4 is a near impossible hole to dig out of. A win tonight doesn’t guarantee any type of Jets run and many would probably rather see the team bottom out at this point for a 3-13 season. However, the organization isn’t on to next year yet. There is going to be a hope that the Ryan Fitzpatrick roller coaster finally swings back up thanks to players like Brandon Marshall and Quincy Enunwa winning 1 on 1 matchups. There is going to be hope the secondary stabilizes in conjunction with an awakening from a talented defensive line. These hopes may be pipe dreams but we’ll probably get a decent idea tonight whether this team has any fight left in them for the 2016 season.On to the predictions…
1. Darrelle Revis will suit up and play his best game of the 2016 season so far (not a high bar to clear at this point…but progress).
2. Darron Lee play 50+ snaps. Jordan Jenkins will play 35+ snaps.3. Ryan Fitzpatrick will throw for 235 yards, 1 touchdown and 1interception.
4. Carson Palmer will throw for 295 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
5. Matt Forte and Bilal Powell will combine for 160 rushing yards and two touchdowns rushing.
6. David Johnson will have 95 total yards of offense and a touchdown.
7. Larry Fitzgerald will have 70 yards receiving and a touchdown.
8. Brandon Marshall will have 90 yards receiving and a touchdown.
9. John Brown will have one reception over 30 yards. Quincy Enunwa will have 60 yards receiving and 15 yards rushing.
10. Leonard Williams will record his 6th sack of the season. Jordan Jenkins will record his first career sack.
11. Charone Peake will play at least 25 snaps on offense and have 2-3 catches.
12. With their season on the brink, the Jets will scrap out a 27-24 win in primetime.
Season Record, Against Spread: 2-3
Season Record, W/L: 3-2
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