New York Jets: Predicting final record for 2015


The New York Jets can actually look around the league and actually brag about just how improved they became this offseason. With one of the most productive and aggressive offseasons in quite some time, the Jets have turned themselves from pretenders to contenders seemingly overnight. With landing some key free agents, finally spending money to upgrade, revamping their defensive secondary and having a wonderful draft, the Jets are looking to make an immediate impact this upcoming season. Where exactly will it land them though when it comes to wins and losses?

Last season, the Jets ended their efforts with an abysmal 4-12 record. They were the laughingstock of the league thanks to their debacle at the quarterback position, a terrible defensive secondary and a leadership regime that didn’t work together but ended up leaving together when all was said and done.

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Looking at how the Jets upgraded key weaknesses from last season, they will be a relatively better team this time around. With Brandon Marshall, Devin Smith, Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley looking as the main athletes in the Jets’s receiving corps, they will finally be able to improve the receiving game nicely.

The Jets’ defense will easily be the strength of the team as they will indeed be one nasty unit. With Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, Leonard Williams and the famous “Sons of Anarchy” defensive line, the Jets will field a defense that can easily be a top three unit in the NFL due to how competitive they will be.

The biggest question mark out of it all will be at quarterback. With Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Simms and newly drafted Bryce Petty in the mix, the Jets are hoping one of these candidates emerge as a reliable option at quarterback. Smith is heading into training camps this summer appointed as the starter so it’s his job to lose.

Dec 21, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) drops back to pass against the New England Patriots during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Considering that the Jets will have an incredible rushing attack with Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell and now Zac Stacy, they will also be amongst the top five in the league in rushing. Considering last year they were top three with their rushing attack, it will only get better now with Stacy in the fold.

Combining all of that with the fact that the Jets have a brand new leadership regime in place with general manager Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles running the ship, not only are they working brilliantly together but one can tell they will win plenty of football games together. They know what they are doing and so far, are winning fans over with their strategic offseason moves and upbeat press conferences.

Overall, the Jets on paper look like a playoff-contending team but it won’t be solidified until they back it all up once the games start to matter. If I had to predict where the Jets will finish at the end of this upcoming season, I would say they will be 10-6 and enter the NFL Playoffs as a Wild Card team.

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