New York Jets 2015: Preview, Predictions & NFL Odds

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2015 New York Jets: Season Preview & Predictions 2015 New York Jets: Season Preview & Predictions

The Rex Ryan era is over in New York as the boisterous former Jets head coach is now running the show in Buffalo. Long time NFL assistant Todd Bowles gets his first shot at a head coaching job taking over an organization that has not been to the playoffs since Ryan took the New York Jets to the AFC title game in both 2009 and 2010. NFL odds at sportsbooks are predicting a similar outcome this season as predictions to win the Super Bowl have the Jets listed as 50/1 underdogs. The "gang green" faithful would receive a longshot price of +2200 for an AFC Championship and +750 to win the AFC East. Many handicapper predictions are also expecting much of the same for the New York Jets in 2015 unless they can figure out their quarterback situation. Geno Smith, now entering his third season, is a turnover machine. In his two seasons attempting to run the offense, he has committed 41 turnovers including 34 interceptions.

If Smith cannot prove that he can command the Jets’ offense, he will likely be cut loose by the organization. Veteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick was signed in the offseason as insurance if Smith fails. Fitzpatrick could even beat Smith out for the job. Either way, the starter is going to rely heavily on a ground game that features RB Chris Ivory, who has rushed for 833 and 821 yards the past two seasons. The Jets also added Stevan Ridley from New England. Ridley is suspect as he is recovering from a knee injury last season. The running game can help take some pressure off whoever starts at quarterback and help to get the ball to a core of pretty good receivers. Eric Decker (74 rec., 962 yds.) returns and the Jets went out on the free agent market to snag Brandon Marshall to complement him. Marshall is big and strong and had seven straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons before catching 61 passes for 721 yards last year in Chicago. The Jets also drafted Ohio State speedster Devin Smith in the second round. He adds another dimension to the offense.

Defense is what has kept the Jets competitive the past few years. The secondary, a weak spot in 2014, has improved greatly with the offseason additions of Antonio Cromartie and Darrelle Revis. New York has arguably one of the best young defensive lines in the league with Sheldon Richardson (a team-high 8 sacks) and Muhammad Wilkins. The team drafted USC defensive lineman Leonard Young (6-4, 302) in the first round. Young is big and strong enough to play tackle, yet quick enough to come off the edge as a defensive end. The New York Jets have not had a winning record in NFL odds since 2010. That is unlikely to change until the Jets can solidify the quarterback situation. They have a strong running game and a good group of receivers to possibly make a rund for the 2015 AFC East title, but the Jets passing game has finished no higher than 30th in the league over the past three seasons. The defense will keep them in games, but don’t expect the Jets to be playing in mid-January.

Jets Update (9/8/15): New York are now +10000 favorites in Super Bowl predictions, +4000 to win the AFC Conference and +1200 to win the AFC East.

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