We made it. The New York Jets kick off their 2015 regular season in four short days against the Cleveland Browns. Here are 30 predictions for their upcoming season, along with NFL/Super Bowl picks. Let’s hear where you disagree down in the comment section or on Twitter…
1. Brandon Marshall will have more than 80 receptions and be the first Jets receiver to surpass 1,000 yards receiving since Jerricho Cotchery in 2007.
2. Chris Ivory will average 18-21 touches per game and finish with over 1,000 yards rushing, along with at least 6 touchdowns.
3. Bilal Powell will catch at least 45 passes and add around 500 yards rushing.
4. Quinton Coples will have less than 7 sacks and not sign a new contract after the season.
5. Darrelle Revis will be every bit of the Darrelle Revis he has always been and secure an All-Pro spot at the end of the season.
6. Marcus Gilchrist will be a consistent liability in the back end of the Jets defense and potentially lose some playing time to Jaiquawn Jarrett before the year’s end.
7. Geno Smith will start at some point this season.
8. The Jets will head into the bye week at 2-2.
9. The Jets will go 3-3 against the AFC East this season.
10. Ryan Fitzpatrick will be up and down but keep the Jets competitive for the majority of the games he starts and have a level of play that closely approximates what he did in Houston last season.
11. Muhammad Wilkerson will lead the Jets in sacks with 11.
12. David Harris will be the Jets best linebacker in 2015. Erin Henderson and Lorenzo Mauldin will eventually push Demario Davis and Calvin Pace for playing time, respectively.
13. Eric Decker will exceed 70 catches and 900 yards receiving.
14. Jeff Cumberland will catch less than 25 passes. Kellen Davis will catch less than 10 passes.
15. Antonio Cromartie will be boom or bust throughout the year, helping create a few big plays but also find himself regularly picked on. The Jets younger corners will see an increase in playing time by November at Cromartie’s expense.
16. Buster Skrine will be prove to be one of the Jets best off-season signings, providing stability and big play ability from the slot corner role.
17. James Carpenter won’t be far behind Skrine, playing the best football of his career in the Jets offensive scheme.
18. Willie Colon and Breno Giacomini will remain average to below average starters, while D’Brickashaw Ferguson won’t substantially improve on his 2014 play. Nick Mangold will remain one of the best centers in the NFL.
19. Damon Harrison will receive a new contract after the season.
20. Sheldon Richardson will play in ten games this season and finish with 6 sacks.
21. Jeremy Kerley will have less than 30 receptions. Zac Stacy will not play a substantial role in the Jets week to week offense, unless Chris Ivory or Bilal Powell get hurt.
22. Leonard Williams will finish with 5 sacks and have an encouraging all around rookie season.
23. Devin Smith will become a factor in the Jets offense post bye-week and catch at least 3 touchdowns this season.
24. Quincy Enunwa will catch between 25-35 passes and score at least 2 touchdowns.
25. Calvin Pryor will settle into being a competent starter and force a handful of turnovers this season.
26. The Jets will beat the New York Giants in week 13 by double digits.
27. Bryce Petty will not play a meaningful snap this season.
28. The Jets will finish between 12th and 18th in the NFL in turnover margin.
29. Trevor Reilly and Jamari Lattimore will settle in as the team’s top two special team players.
30. The Jets will hover around .500 for the duration of the season and ultimately settle with a 8-8 record. If they receive better than expected quarterback play by either Fitzpatrick or Geno, they could exceed that by a game or two.
NFL Standings/Playoff Picks (* = wild card)
- Pats: 11-5
- Dolphins: 9-7*
- Jets: 8-8
- Bills: 8-8
- Ravens: 10-6
- Steelers: 9-7
- Bengals: 6-10
- Browns: 5-11
- Colts: 12-4
- Texans: 7-9
- Jaguars: 7-9
- Titans: 5-11
- Broncos: 10-6
- Chargers: 10-6*
- Chiefs: 8-8
- Raiders: 6-10
AFC Champion: Indianapolis Colts
- Cowboys: 11-5
- Eagles: 11-5*
- Giants: 7-9
- Redskins: 4-12
- Packers: 11-5
- Vikings: 10-6*
- Lions: 7-9
- Bears: 5-11
- Falcons: 9-7
- Bucs: 7-9
- Saints: 7-9
- Panthers: 6-10
- Seahawks: 12-4
- Rams: 8-8
- Cardinals: 6-10
- 49ers: 3-13
NFC Champion: Green Bay Packers
Packers over Colts in Super Bowl
MVP: Aaron Rodgers
OPOY: Adrian Peterson
DPOY: JJ Watt
OROY: Nelson Algholor
DROY: Vic Beasley
COY: Dan Quinn