The New York Jets are 1-7, which around this fan base usually means it is time to harass player’s wives off their Twitter accounts and start senseless billboard campaigns. CHECK AND CHECK! More seriously, can people stop fulfilling the stereotypes everybody has for Jets fans? Anyway, let’s look at the team as they begin to play out the string with a difficult road match-up in Kansas City…
The final eight games will see the Jets as frequent underdogs and in many cases, big underdogs like they are this weekend. Rex Ryan generally does a good job getting his team up for games nobody expects them to win but that point may be falling on deaf ears by now. The Jets will likely be competitive some weeks and even win a few games (METTENBERGER! VICK! THE NFL ON CBS!) and also get blown out a few times. Despite the horrid start there is still a reasonable chance Rex is back next year, their new quarterback is playing for a chance to be a stopgap starer in 2015 and there are still talented pieces around this roster (Chris Ivory, Eric Decker, Jace Amaro, Percy Harvin, Nick Mangold, Jeremy Kerley, occasionally the other parts of the offensive line, the defensive line, Demario Davis, David Harris, Quinton Coples, Jason Babin, Calvin Pryor, and Nick Folk among others). They should at least be able to match the 2007 (recent Jets season this most closely mirrors) 4 win total. So…there’s that?The Jets already shorthanded secondary is further beat up. You will see some guy named Marcus Williams or Josh Thomas starting at cornerback because Darrin Walls is hurt. Despite what message boards will fill up with, when one of those guys gives up a reception it isn’t concrete proof that Rex Ryan deserves a full free pass for his record since January 2010. John Idzik did a bad job at cornerback this offseason but there isn’t a single team in the NFL who wouldn’t be suffering from their presumed top four corners being injured or going insane (Dee Milliner, Dexter McDougle, Dimitri Patterson and now Walls). No matter what happens on Sunday, the Jets still are who they are this season: a team with personnel shortcomings, who has been poorly coached, gets killed in the turnover battle and makes a ton of dumb mistakes. It is a toxic combination.
On to the predictions…
1. Chris Ivory (KEEP ON TRUCKING, MR. KRAKEN) will continue to be a rare bright spot on the team, rushing for 95 yards and another touchdown.
2. Jace Amaro will have at least 5 receptions and his second touchdown of the season.3. Jamaal Charles will have 110 total yards of offense and a touchdown.
4. Alex Smith will not throw an interception.
5. Mike Vick will have one turnover but move the ball well, rush for at least 40 yards and do a good job pushing the ball down the field.
6. Travis Kelce will have at least 75 yards receiving and a touchdown.7. Percy Harvin will have 65 yards of offense and one kick return past the 40 yard line.
8. Jason Babin and Muhammad Wilkerson will both have sacks.
9. Josh Mauga will make a nice play for the Chiefs at some point and five people will tweet at me spelling the GM’s name wrong and complaining he wasn’t brought back on a massive contract extension.
10. The Jets will use at least two of their six timeouts in the first and third quarter.
11. Nick Folk, the most reliable man in Green and White these days, will kick another field goal of 40 yards or longer.
12. The Jets will cover the 10 point spread but lose to the Chiefs, 24-17, matching their 1-8 record from Mike Tannenbaum’s second year.
12 Pack Record
Against The Spread (4-4)
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