2. The NY Jets offense looks poised for a jump
Last season, the Jets finished 7-10 despite far below-average play at the quarterback position, a beaten-up offensive line, a lack of a true NFL running back after the injury to Breece Hall, and a lack of weapons on the outside.
The Jets finished as the 29th-ranked offense last season in points per game, placing them as the fourth-worst scoring offense in the entire league. They also ranked 25th in yards per game, 26th in yards per play, 28th in third-down conversion rate, 31st in red-zone scoring, and 28th in touchdowns per game.
No team made a bigger jump at a single position of need than the NY Jets. After abysmal quarterback play last year (yes, Mike White included), the Jets traded for Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers to fix the issue. Although Rodgers may not be in his prime, he is still a top-10 quarterback when healthy and, at worst, a league-average player.
Additionally, the Jets will get back Alijah Vera-Tucker and Mekhi Becton on the offensive line, both of whom missed most of the season last year. They will also get back Breece Hall, who was on pace to be a league-leading rusher last year and Rookie Offensive Player of the Year, plus added perennial 1,000-yard rusher Dalvin Cook to the backfield.
At the other skill positions, the Jets upgraded the combo of Elijah Moore and Braxton Berrios with Allen Lazard and Mecole Hardman, respectively, and brought back superstar receiver Garrett Wilson, ready for a year two explosion. At tight end, Jeremy Ruckert is healthy again and looks to be ready to make an impact on offense.
Throughout the preseason, the Jets offense looked much improved from last year, running the ball effectively and getting the ball out of the quarterback's hand quickly to their playmakers outside.
In their two drives as a starting offense against the Giants, the Jets found the endzone on their red zone trip and moved the ball effectively on their other drive before penalties stalled them out.
The offense looks ready to make a big jump with Rodgers. Pairing their elite defense with even just an average offense makes the Jets playoff-worthy, and a jump toward the top 10 makes them legitimate Super Bowl favorites. I think they can do it.