The TOJ Roundtable gives their season record predictions for the 2020 New York Jets
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What is your predicted record for the 2020 New York Jets?
It’s hard to predict a season outcome with confidence given 2020’s uncontrollable variables. Expect to see sloppy football and poor conditioning early on. (Not just by the Jets, but by everyone.) Confidently, I would bet the Jets finish in the 6-10 to 9-7 range. So much rides on the first four weeks of the year. If the Jets get blown out in Buffalo, the season can take a dark turn, very fast. On the contrary, if the Jets steal one of the first two games, the outlook of the season brightens drastically. If Darnold takes the step every Jet fan has been waiting for, the team can find themselves competing for a wildcard spot come December. (Remember, an extra team in each conference makes the playoffs). Key players NEED to find a way to stay healthy, and the offensive line NEEDS to play significantly better than last year’s for a successful season to occur. The schedule is not an easy one. It will be an uphill fight all year long. Final prediction: 7-9
The Jets get off to a slow start. They start 1-3 through the first 4, with their only victory in a close game against the Colts. They split the next 4, with wins over the Bills and Chargers, as the offense improves with Mims returning. The Jets, again, split the next 4, losing to a rejuvenated Cam Newton in week 9 and then in Miami week 10 but following that up with consecutive wins after the bye. Then, in the final stretch, they drop 3 out of 4, finishing the season with a meaningless win over New England. So the Jets finish 6-10. Sam Darnold has an average year statistically with around 3600 yards, 25 TDs, and 12 INTs, completing 63% of his passes at a rate of 7 yards per attempt. Bell gets heavily used early on and then slowly phased out of the offense as the season progresses. He then parts with the team in the offseason. Becton is a bright spot all season long and a constant feature in Baldy’s breakdowns. Ownership is not willing to fire Gase because they do not want to spend on another search and have another coach’s contract on their books. We go again.