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After bombing in 2016, I nailed it last year which means I am due to be incredibly wrong this year on everything (OR NOT!). Either way, here are my 2018 season predictions for the New York Jets…
1 – Sam Darnold will start between 14-16 games this season. He will finish the season with 23 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, 205 rushing yards (2 rushing touchdowns) and 3 lost fumbles. Darnold will throw for somewhere between 3,100-3,500 yards with a YPA between 6.6 and 7.2 and a 62 completion percentage. Josh McCown will retire at the end of the season and join the Jets coaching staff.
2 – The Jets will go 3-3 in the AFC East this season.
3 – Leonard Williams will lead the Jets in sacks with 7 and receive a new contract from the team after the season. He will not make the All-Pro team and will be an alternate for the Pro Bowl.
4 – The Jets will go 1-3 in the NFC North this season.
5 – Outside of Sam Darnold, Nathan Shepherd will be the only player from the 2018 Jets draft class to make a notable impact on this year’s team. He will start every game and be solid opposite of Leonard Williams in a platoon with Henry Anderson.
6 – Quincy Enunwa will lead the Jets in receptions this season and finish with around 900 yards receiving and 5 touchdowns. He will receive a new contract from the team after the season.
7 – Trumaine Johnson will be involved in 5 turnovers this season and be one of the top ten corners in the NFL. He will be a Pro Bowl alternate.
8 – Robby Anderson will lead the Jets in receiving yards this season, with around 1,050 and finish with 5 touchdowns.
9 – Darron Lee will struggle as a starter and lose playing time down the stretch. The Jets will look to trade him after the season and/or not pick up his fifth year option.
10 – Bilal Powell will lead all Jets running backs in total offensive yards in his final season for the Jets.
11 – Isaiah Crowell will lead the Jets in rushing touchdowns and finish with around 800 rushing yards. He will be back on the team in 2019.
12 – Marcus Maye will struggle in the first half of the season, particularly in coverage. However, his play will stabilize down the stretch and he will be involved in forcing 3 turnovers this season.
13 – The Jets will go 2-2 against the AFC South this season.
14 – Jamal Adams will improve from his rookie season, remaining stout against the run and getting beat less in coverage. He will be involved in forcing three turnovers, including recording his first NFL interception. Adams will not be an All-Pro and will be an alternate for the Pro Bowl.
15 – ArDarius Stewart will not be on the active roster by the end of the season. Terrelle Pryor will have 20-25 catches this season with 3 touchdowns.
16 – Steve McLendon will start 12-14 games this season and be one of the better nose tackles in the NFL. However, this will be his last season with the Jets, as Mike Pennel and Foley Fatukasi will take over the majority of his reps down the stretch and next season.
17 – Jermaine Kearse will have between 35-45 catches this season in his final season with the team.
18 – Neal Sterling will have between 30-35 catches this season and be the Jets tight end most involved in the passing game.
19 – Avery Williamson will be the Jets best linebacker by a substantial margin and have a somewhat comparable season to Demario Davis in 2017. He will be back as a starter in 2019.
20 – Jordan Jenkins will be a steady starter for the Jets, finishing with with 4 sacks and setting the edge well against the run.
21 – The Jets offensive line will be average to slightly below average this season. Brandon Shell will start 12-14 games and be better in 2018 than he was in 2017. The Jets will look to make two new additions to their offensive line next offseason.
22 – Morris Claiborne will struggle this season more than he did last year, missing multiple games due to injury. Derrick Jones will see playing time with the starters on the outside and project as a full time player in 2019.
23 – The Jets will beat Cleveland on Thursday Night Football in week 3 and lose a shootout to the Houston Texans in week 15 on Saturday Night Football.
24 – Jeremy Bates will be a noticeable upgrade over John Morton at offensive coordinator.
25 – The Jets will FINALLY break their streak of not scoring a defensive touchdown this season. Trumaine Johnson will have a pick six at some point.
26 – Elijah McGuire will finish with around 300 total offensive yards this season. He will take over the majority of Bilal Powell’s role in 2019, after Powell is off the team.
27 – This will be Buster Skrine’s final season with the Jets, as his role will be taken over by Parry Nickerson in 2019.
28 – The Jets will finish between 16th and 20th in special teams DVOA.
29 – The Jets will finish 7-9 in 2018. They will be 4-4 though 8 games and 5-5 at their bye week, before going 2-4 down the stretch and somewhat narrowly missing one of the wild card spots in the AFC.
30 – Both Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles will be back in 2019, where there will be a clear playoff mandate for the team. If the Jets do not make the playoffs in 2019, both will be fired after the season.
NFL Predictions (*Wild Card)
- New England Patriots: 11-5
- New York Jets: 7-9
- Miami Dolphins: 6-10
- Buffalo Bills: 4-12
- Pittsburgh Steelers: 10-6
- Cincinnati Bengals: 9-7*
- Baltimore Ravens: 7-9
- Cleveland Browns: 4-12
- Houston Texans: 10-6
- Jacksonville Jaguars: 9-7*
- Tennessee Titans: 8-8
- Indianpolis Colts: 5-11
- Kansas City Chiefs: 11-5
- Los Angeles Chargers: 8-8
- Denver Broncos: 6-10
- Oakland Raiders: 4-12
- Philadelphia Eagles: 11-5
- New York Giants: 8-8
- Washington Redskins: 8-8
- Dallas Cowboys: 5-11
- Minnesota Vikings: 11-5
- Green Bay Packers: 10-6*
- Chicago Bears: 7-9
- Detroit Lions: 6-10
- Atlanta Falcons: 11-5
- New Orleans Saints: 10-6
- Carolina Panthers: 7-9
- Tampa Bay Bucs: 4-12
- Los Angeles Rams: 10-6
- San Francisco 49ers: 10-6*
- Seattle Seahawks: 5-11
- Arizona Cardinals 4-12
Falcons over Steelers
- MVP – Aaron Rodgers
- OPOY – Julio Jones
- DPOY – Joey Bosa
- OROY – Saquon Barkley (narrowly over Sam Darnold, infuriating Jets fans everywhere).
- DROY – Roquan Smith