The New York Jets finished last season with a 5-11, which is much better than originally expected. They've also made some key moves this offseason (drafting Sam Darnold, signing Trumaine Johnson) that gives them hope of improving that record in 2018, but they are still rebuilding. How will they do this upcoming season? Here's a game-by-game prediction of their record:
Week 1 - at Detroit Lions
Prediction: LOSS (0-1)
The Lions have plenty of question marks, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, but Matthew Stafford and that offense simply has too much firepower for New York.
Week 2 - vs. Miami Dolphins
Prediction: WIN (1-1)
The Dolphins are expected to take another step back in 2018 after they parted with many of their top players including Jarvis Landry and Ndamukong Suh. The Jets should pick up their first win of the season.
Week 3 - at Cleveland Browns
Prediction: LOSS (1-2)
Cleveland is going to be a much better team this year with Tyrod Taylor under center and a major upgrade in weapons, headlined by Jarvis Landry. Those two will be the difference in a narrow win for the Browns.
Week 4 - at Jacksonville Jaguars
Prediction: LOSS (1-3)
Jacksonville's defense gives teams all kinds of problems and should have a field day against New York's still shaky quarterback situation.
Week 5 - vs. Denver Broncos
Prediction: LOSS (1-4)
Denver's defense is still one of the best in the league and, if Case Keenum continues his high level of play from a season ago, the Broncos will be near the top of the standings.
Week 6 - vs. Indianapolis Colts
Prediction: WIN (2-4)
Indianapolis is still one of the worst teams in the league and, while they're improving, won't be able to really compete until their defense gets better and Andrew Luck gets healthy.
Week 7 - vs. Minnesota Vikings
Prediction: LOSS (2-5)
It's no fluke that the Vikings were one of the best teams in the NFL last season. They have quality receivers, a good quarterback in Kirk Cousins, a dynamic rushing attack (remember, Dalvin Cook will be back and healthy) and an absolutely dominant defense.
Week 8 - at Chicago Bears
Prediction: LOSS (2-6)
A lot of people like the Bears to be a breakout team this year but they still have a less-than-stellar defense and are probably a year away from really competing. Still, they're a year ahead of the Jets in their rebuild.
Week 9 - at Miami Dolphins
Prediction: LOSS (2-7)
While I think the Jets are better than Miami, I see these two division rivals splitting their games this season - which means the Dolphins hold serve at home.
Week 10 - vs. Buffalo Bills
Prediction: WIN (3-7)
The Bills don't have many offensive weapons and are rebuilding their defense. New York will earn a split against them and take the win at home.
Week 11 - BYE
Week 12 - vs. New England Patriots
Prediction: LOSS (3-8)
Darnold will likely have taken over the starting job by this point of the season (if he hasn't gotten it already), but this game will show just how much the rest of the team still needs to be upgraded.
Week 13 - at Tennessee Titans
Prediction: LOSS (3-9)
Tennessee is a really good team and with Dion Lewis and Malcolm Butler now on the roster, they could be even better this year.
Week 14 - at Buffalo Bills
Prediction: LOSS (3-10)
New York and Buffalo are in the same tier in the NFL pecking order, and because of that, I think they'll split their series. Buffalo's defense is the difference at home in this one.
Week 15 - vs. Houston Texans
Prediction: LOSS (3-11)
Houston is going to be a much better team in 2018 with Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt both fully healthy, along with the addition of Tyrann Mathieu. I expect them to make the playoffs in the AFC.
Week 16 - vs. Green Bay Packers
Prediction: LOSS (3-12)
The only reason the Packers missed the playoffs this season was because of the injury to Aaron Rodgers, but he'll be back and playing at the elite level we've come to expect from him. He's good enough to win a game by himself.
Week 17 - at New England Patriots
Prediction: LOSS (3-13)
Unfortunately for Jets fans, New England is simply the much better team. However, they'll clinch the oppoortunity to get a great draft pick with the loss.Back to the New York Jets Newsfeed