2018 New York Jets Season Win Totals Predictions and Expert Picks
2017 Record: 5-11
2018 Las Vegas Season Win Total: 6.0
2018 Season Win Total Picks NCAA Football: 'Under'
I know it sounds strange to suggest that a team that went 5-11 and finished in last place in one of the worst divisions in football impressed me last year. But, frankly, the Jets really did. I thought coming into the year that New York wad headed for a two-win calamity. But they won five games against one of the toughest schedules in football and lost five games by a touchdown or less. In fact, at one point they covered seven straight spreads and 10 of 13.
A big part of the reason for New York's competitiveness last year was the stellar play of Josh McCown. He completed 67.3 percent of his passes with a 2-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio and a 94.5 passer rating. However, the Jets are taking a bold direction with the quarterback position this year, and McCown could end up being third string.
It looks as if the Jets are going to roll the dice with first-round pick Sam Darnold. He's looked alright so far in the preseason. But I'm always a bigger fan of letting young quarterbacks sit, watch and learn rather than throwing them into the fire. Especially considering that the Jets have a substandard offensive line.
I actually like the Jets receiving group. Robby Anderson is volatile but with some skills. Jermaine Kearse is a proven vet, Terrelle Pryor has some upside, and Quincy Enunwa is looking to build on a very promising 2016 after losing last season to injury. Throw in some journeymen running backs, and I actually think the Jets offense will be vastly improved from the group that has finished No. 28 and No. 26 the past two seasons.
Todd Bowles deftly cut loose some talented malcontents last season. So this is a more cohesive Jets defense. But they are still undermanned, especially in the front seven. They have three rookies among their top seven defensive linemen. And their linebackers are one of the worst groups in the league. The Jets are going to lean a lot on a secondary with quality guys like Jamal Adams and Trumaine Johnson.
The Jets haven't announced that they are definitely going with Darnold yet. And as I look at their schedule I don't think they should. New York opens with three of their first four games on the road. They also face three of the best defenses in football - the Jaguars, Broncos and Vikings - in the first seven weeks of the season.
But the Jets haven't been one of the worst organizations in the NFL because they make the smart decision. Instead, I can see them getting swept up in the hype and risking Darnold's long-term development for a short-term spark.
I think the Jets will remain competitive and once again be a tough out. But I don't know that they are going to get better quarterback play than they did last season. I think they will max out at six wins. I have a hard time seeing them getting to seven wins, so I'll go with the 'under' here.
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