Tuesday, August 8, 2017

New York Jets - 2017 NFL Season Preview

NEW YORK JETS                                                   

2016 Record - 5-11-0

Head Coach - Todd Bowles

Offensive Rank - 26th  (329 yards per game, 17 points scored per game) 

Defensive Rank - 11th  (342 yards allowed per game, 25.6 points allowed per game)

Josh McCown arrives in The Big Apple this season to play quarterback. The journeyman signal caller passed for 1,100 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions with Cleveland last season. Bryce Petty (809 passing yards, three TD and seven INT) or Christian Hackenberg will be the backup.
The running game features Bilal Powell (722 yards, 5.5 ypc average and three TD) and Matt Forte (813 yards and seven TD). In addition, Powell caught 58 passes for 388 yards and two scores.
The wide receiving corps has Quincy Enunwa (58, 857, four TD), Robby Anderson (42, 587, two TD) and a pair of rookies, ArDarius Stewart (Alabama) and Chad Hansen (California). Austin Seferian-Jenkins is the tight end.
Leonard Williams (seven QB sacks) and Muhammad Wilkerson (4 1/2 sacks) lead the defense up front. The secondary will go through a transition with Morris Claiborne (coming over from Dallas) and Juston Burris on the corners. A pair of rookie safeties in Jamal Adams (LSU) and Marcus Maye (Florida) could start this season. Marcus Williams (two INT) adds depth.

OUTLOOK FOR 2017 - This looks to be a very interesting season for the Jets as they attempt to rebuild for the future. McCown has had success in his 15-year career, so it's possible the offense could provide more fire power than the anemic 17 points per game they scored last year.
If running backs Forte and Powell can provide the one-two punch they showed a year ago, it will keep opposing defenses honest, but the passing game has to click as well. The Jets are very inexperienced in that area heading into the new season.
The defense, usually solid, slipped a bit last year as opposing teams scored nearly 26 points per game. The vaunted pass defense allowed 244 yards per game and was torched in the red zone pretty regularly. It will be imperative for success that Claiborne and the new blood in the defensive backfield put an end to that.
The heat may well be on Head Coach Todd Bowles in his third season, so he will be driving the rebuilt Jets team from the start. However, playing in the AFC East along with the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins will be too much. The Jets likely finish 3-13 as they take their lumps in the first year of the rebuild.

Week One - at Buffalo
Week Two - at Oakland
Week Three - vs. Miami
Week Four - vs. Jacksonville
Week Five - at Cleveland
Week Six - vs. New England
Week Seven - at Miami
Week Eight - vs. Atlanta
Week Nine - vs. Buffalo
Week Ten - at Tampa Bay
Week Eleven - BYE
Week Twelve - vs. Carolina
Week Thirteen - vs. Kansas City
Week Fourteen - at Denver
Week Fifteen - at New Orleans
Week Sixteen - vs. LA Chargers
Week Seventeen - at New England

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