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What is your predicted record for the 2017 New York Jets?
Dalbin Osorio: Let’s put all our chips in the middle of the table: this team is going to the playo…. *looks at who is under Center* wait, wait, let me start over.
I don’t think the team picks first overall because the defense is going to be very good now that Darrelle Revis isn’t around to be spun like a dreidel and now that Calvin Pryor isn’t around to miss hugs (tackles) like an absentee father. Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson are primed for big seasons now that they don’t have to make way for Sheldon Richardson, Darron Lee looks better albeit in preseason, and the young safeties are already an upgrade over Michael Gillchrist and the aforementioned Pryor. I see wins against Jacksonville, Cleveland, Miami once, and Buffalo twice. That’s 5 right there, and that’s before you even get to the “any given Sunday” nature of the NFL where they could potentially upset a team like Carolina. The offense has a lot of young potential, and it is led by the next mediocre QB to have a t-shirt designed for him around these parts. I’ve seen mediocre QBs rattle off wins, and is McCown really worse than Blake Bortles or Trevor Siemien today? Probably not. I give the Jets a 6-10 record, with the 6th win coming over Denver later in the season, and a top 10 pick where they select Lamar Jackson to be their franchise signal caller.
Scott Mason: I’ve said it for months and I will stick with it: the Jets will go 4-12 in 2017. As bad as the team is, they will win a game or two against other bad teams (possibly week 1 against Buffalo) and circumstances will probably lead to another win or two (injuries, opposing team has bad day, etc….). If this happens, hopefully it isn’t enough to knock them out of a top three pick, which is what every Jets fan is afraid of. Hopefully they do no better than this and we are sitting around in February beginning to debate which QB they will be choosing in April.
Daniel Essen: My prediction is that the Jets will go 4-12. Even though week 1 is breaking nicely for them with the Bills shedding talent and Tyrod Taylor being ruled out, I doubt that such breaks will exist for the rest of their schedule. I think the Jets will find it very difficult to score points this season, which will negate however good their defense turns out to be. I believe the four games they’ll win are both against Buffalo, at home against Jacksonville, and at home against the Chargers. I think the front office will secretly contact the big name coaches said to be potential replacements for Bowles and all the Jon Grudens, Bill Cowhers, and Mike Dantonios of the world will ultimately pass on the job. So the Jets will keep Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles but both will be squarely on the hot seat for 2018.
David Aitken: 3-13. This is easily the worst Jets roster I can remember and the worst in the league. I expect the Jets will be competitive in only a handful of games this year, with the best opportunities coming early in the season against run-oriented offensive teams with questionable quarterbacking. While the pass defense should be better, offensively there’s been a significant regression in talent to what was already one of the worst pass offenses of last year. It’s simply going to be a struggle for this team to score points consistently. The issue with the 0-16/1-15 talk is that teams that are that bad are not just untalented but also unfortunate. Most teams that have finished that poorly in the past actually were “expected to” win about 3 games. But I think this team is in that ballpark – a “lucky” 2017 Jets team wins 5 games and an “unlucky” one struggles to win a game all year. I’ll take the middle ground there with 3.
Joe Malfa: I know some of the other guys are a bit more optimistic and think the Jets might get to four or five wins between McCown and the defense, but I just can’t see it.
Jacksonville at home in Week 4 and Buffalo at home in Week 9 — that’s it. Those are the only two games the Jets will win in 2017, and they probably won’t even be favored heading into those games. They may very well go all 16 games without once being the favorites, and rightfully so. This team has the potential to be historically bad, and that’s before players inevitably start getting hurt. There are so many positions that simply lack depth that will make this team somehow look even worse as the season progresses.
Jake Benaquisto: In the first nine weeks of the season, the Jets get to play the Browns, Jaguars, and Bills twice. These games will undoubtedly be depressing to watch, but the Jets might actually be able to win a few of them. The defense would need to step up, but with the speed and youth that they added this offseason, the unit could win some games on their own.
The second half of the Jets schedule is absolutely brutal. With either Petty or Hackenberg likely starting at QB in these games, I could definitely see them ending the season on a long losing streak. The Jets could maybe steal a win at home against Carolina or Denver, but it’d have take a miraculous performance by the defense.
Whenever I’m making a record prediction for a team, the first thing I do is check their win total over/under. Vegas has the Jets O/U at 3.5 wins, and that sounds about right to me. I think the Jets finish the season at 3-13 and head into the offseason looking for a new GM, coaching staff, and franchise QB
Mike Nash: I see the Jets going 4-12 in 2017. While many have predicted the Jets to be a 1/2 win team, I think the defense is talented enough to win them a few games, as long as the offense is able to put up a few points against some lesser opponents. Is going 4-12 with this roster good enough for Todd Bowles to keep his job though?
Jared Scherl: While many experts take a quick look at the roster and proclaim the Jets are the worst team in the league, I’m predicting they go 4-12 this year. More importantly, I think 4 wins will land them the 3rd overall pick in the 2018 draft. I can easily see this team stealing a win against Buffalo (especially if rookie QB Nate Peterman is under center Week 1), Jacksonville, Cleveland, or even New England in Week 17 when they will inevitably have the #1 overall seed locked up and decide to sit their regulars. A couple bad bounces could mean the team ends up with only 1 or 2 wins, which should be bad (or good?) enough to land the top pick. On the flip side, with some luck this team ends up with 5 or at most 6 wins. Anything beyond that, and Todd Bowles should be Coach of the Year.
Kyle Fahey: It’s not going to be a fun year for the Jets. The lack of offensive playmakers is sad; Bilal Powell is our best playmaker by far and it seems that he will be splitting reps with Calvin Pace’s fraternal twin for most the season. The addition of Jermaine Kearse does not change much, if anything he takes reps from better playmakers like ArDarius Stewart.
The Defense will be the only reason we win some games this year ; the young talent is unquestionable. The key word in that statement was “young”, if you expect Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, Juston Burris and others to be great players this early in their career… you’re wrong. There are clearly guys like Leonard Williams and Mo Wilkerson who will be the difference makers but its just not enough.
I think the Jets wind up with the record of 3-13. They will squeak a game out against the Bills, catch a good team riddled with injuries, and beat some contender late in the year who will rest their players.
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