2021 New York Jets Predictions with Odds to Win Super Bowl
Once upon a time, the Jets had a very good team. They had back-to-back seasons that ended with losses in the AFC Championship Game (2009 and 2010). And prior to that, they were in the playoffs five times in 10 seasons. They haven’t tasted glory since winning the Super Bowl way back in the Joe Namath days. However, even for the Jets, they’ve hit a new low within the last 10 years. With the exception of a 10-6 record (no playoffs) in 2015, the Jets have since lost 11, 11, 12, 9 and 14 games in the last five years. They’ve gone through three coaches in 10 seasons, and it’s a continuous loop of high draft picks that turn out to be busts. Hopefully, Zach Wilson can be the guy the Jets are looking for at quarterback and he can help this franchise get out of the dumps.
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The Jets open their season on September 12 with a trip to Carolina to take on the Panthers. From there, the Jets return home for a Week 2 division game against the New England Patriots before heading across the country to take on the Broncos in Week 3. Week 4 has the Jets home to the Titans before a Week 5 trip to Atlanta, which precedes their Week 6 bye. We should know by Week 9 or 10 if the Jets are in the playoff hunt as they have five winnable games on paper.
As of writing this, the Jets are longshots to win the Super Bowl as they’ve been tabbed at +8000. To win the AFC and get to the Super Bowl, the Jets are +5000 and to win the AFC East the Jets are sitting at +2000.
Let’s take a look at what to expect from each unit heading into this season.
Key Players: Zach Wilson, Corey Davis, Tevin Coleman
When Wilson lines up under center for the Week 1 game against the Panthers, he will be the 12th quarterback to take a regular-season snap for the Jets in 10 seasons. I know that doesn’t sound like a crazy stat. However, when you see guys like Brady and Brees and Rodgers playing quarterback for 10+ seasons for the same team, that makes you wonder what the Jets are doing wrong and why they haven’t found the right guy yet. Sam Darnold was supposed to be the guy, but he was run out of town. So, in comes Zach Wilson from BYU. Wilson had good stats in his last season at BYU, helping the Cougars finish with an 11-1 record and a bowl win. Wilson isn’t the biggest in stature by any means, but he’s got good vision and a solid arm that should get him out of tough spots. There will be growing pains, but the Jets have already given Wilson better weapons to work with for the upcoming season than they gave Darnold in his tenure with the team.
One of the main guys Wilson will have on his side is Corey Davis. Davis signed with the Jets in the offseason from Tennessee, and he brings an explosive first step off the line and can beat you deep in a hurry. Davis is coming off a season in which he caught 65 balls for 984 yards and five touchdowns in a run-first offense. The Jets will not be a run-first offense, so I expect those numbers to increase at a great rate.
As for the backfield, the team will rely on Tevin Coleman to be the feature back, and he’s coming off a year that was marred with injuries as he played in only eight games and was used sparingly in San Francisco. The backup options are limited to Ty Johnson and Michael Carter, so this backfield is Coleman’s to lose.
Defense & Special Teams
Key Players: CJ Mosley, Quinnen Williams
Defensively is where the Jets had most of their issues last season. They ranked in the bottom six teams of the league in points allowed per game as they gave up an average of 28.6 points per contest. With a very mediocre and non-explosive offense, giving up nearly 30 points per game is not a recipe for winning football games. Teams knew to attack the Jets through the air as they ranked 28th overall in the league in passing yards allowed, giving up 275 yards per game. However, on the ground, the Jets’ defense was solid, ranking 12th and giving up just 112 yards per contest. The Jets will need the entire defense to step up and help the offense out by getting off the field on third downs and setting them up with some short fields to work with. As for special teams, the Jets will trot out Chris Naggar to handle the kicking duties, and he’s an unknown commodity. Therefore, only time will tell if he can give the Jets a consistent kicking game.
The Jets are the worst team in the AFC East. They play a very tough schedule and are likely headed for another high draft pick. That’s fine, though, because Wilson will learn by experience. And then the following season, he should be able to take a step forward with the rest of the team. The win total is low for a reason, and we see another miserable year in New York.
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