Adam Gase’s first year as the head coach of the New York Jets wasn’t’ that bad. Even though his team didn’t enter the playoffs for the ninth straight season, the overall impression was much better than in the years before. In 2018 the Jets ended the campaign with four wins and twelve losses, and this past year they had three victories more.
The main problem was the poor start and just one win in the opening eight contests. During that period, there were some pretty hard hits this team suffered like a 0-33 loss against the Pats at MetLife. or a 31-6 demolition in Philly against the Eagles. However, the finish of the campaign was much better, and Gase’s boys had a 6-2 record in the last eight weeks. Among others, they would smash the Raiders 34-3, beat Pittsburgh, who was chasing the playoffs and the Bills in the final round.
If they play like this in 2020, Jets might be one of the nicest surprises of the league. Their odds for winning the AFC East could be a git for the bettors.
Right now, NYJ to clinch the division for the first time since 2002 is priced at 8/1. Although heavily weakened, the Patriots are still No.1 at 11/10. Rising Buffalo Bills follow Bill Belichick’s team, 28/17, with the Miami Dolphins at the bottom of the list 12/1. There are all sorts of offers made by the legal sportsbooks in NJ for locals, so just follow the link to see them.
The Jets suffered moderate changes in the roster when looking at the previous season. WR Robby Anderson left for Carolina, and T Brandon Shell is in Seattle, and those two names are the most sounding ones that left the team. Several other unrestricted free agents are still not sure about their future.
On the other side, the organization was active on the market, bringing several solid individuals. Tackle George Fant landed from Seattle on a three-year $30 million deal, C Connor McGovern was also given a three-year contract, but for $27 million. G Greg Van Rotten came to protect Sam Darnold’s blindside, while Breshad Perriman will try to fill in the gap created with Anderson’s departure.
A few other players already signed with the Jets or will do in the near future, plus the team will have the additions from this year’s draft. With the already present core, where they have Darnold, running back Le’Veon Bell and safety Jamal Adams, we can say that the Jets seem pretty talented. However, the bookies still see them as one of the weakest teams in the NFL.
Their odds for taking the Super Bowl are 70/1, the same as the city rivals, Giants, and the Miami Dolphins. The four teams who are worse are the Detroit Lions 80/1, Jacksonville Jaguars 90/1, and the sorry duo Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals, 100/1.
From this point of view, and also remembering that strong finish of the 2019 season, we can’t quite agree on this one. Jets, no doubt, have a colossal potential, which will be tested during the upcoming campaign. When mentioning the free agency earlier, strengthening the offensive line and upgrading Darnold’s protection was of the utmost importance for the franchise.
If Gase manages to create good chemistry among the players who are keeping Jets’ QB safe, the prospects for seeing an above .500 season at MetLife are dramatically increasing.
Still, top teams in the NFL would be far ahead. It looks that the Super Bowl race would involve pretty much the same teams from the previous year.
Kansas City Chiefs are the No.1 candidate with the odds of 6/1. Lamar Jackson and his Baltimore Ravens are second 7/1, with the San Francisco 49ers third, 8/1. New Orleans Saints are at 11/1, followed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their new leader, Tom Brady, 14/1. Interestingly, his previous team with whom he won 6 Super Bowls, New England, has lower chances to take one more SB according to the bookies, 16/1.
There is enough time to see changes in this area. The free agency will enter its full speed once everything resumes to normal, and COVID-19 pandemic stops, so don’t rush into some premature judgments.
As for the Jets, there is a strong belief among their fans that the 2020 season would be the turning point for this franchise. All of them expect to see more success and a steady improvement in the future, which will eventually put back the NYJ in the NFL elite.