The Jets have lacked any major additions to their roster though free agency this offseason and will heavily rely on the draft to upgrade their roster. Although the full strength of Gang Green can not be decided yet, the team still stacks up as one of the most purely talented teams in the league. However, it could be the locker room troubles and the media circus that cost the Jets another trip to the postseason.
Here is a very early look at the team's 2012 schedule:
Week 1 vs Bills: The Jets begin their 2012 slate against an improved divisional rival, the Buffalo Bills. Although the Bills genuinely upgraded their roster with the additions of Mario Williams and Mark Anderson, the Jets should have no trouble marching out to a victory. The Bills offense simply does not possess the talent to uncover the Jets defense's holes.
Week 2 at Steelers: New York will hit its first roadblock of the 2012 season when they head to the Steel City in Week 2. Although the Steelers are climbing up in age, the Jets offense will have trouble moving the ball consistently against the ferocious unit. Gang Green falls to 1-1.
Week 3 at Dolphins: The Dolphins regressed the most of any team this offseason. They traded their most dynamic offensive weapon, Brandon Marshall, and still lack a starting-caliber quarterback. The Jets offense will again struggle to put up points against an underrated Dolphins defense, but Miami's offense will pose no threat to Gang Green's solid defense. The Jets move to 2-1.
Week 4 vs 49ers: New York will fall to the 49ers in Week 4. Mark Sanchez will face constant pressure against San Francisco's fierce defensive unit. Darrelle Revis and the Jets defense will keep Gang Green in it by containing Frank Gore, but the 49ers are simply the more talented team.
Week 5 vs Texans: Another week, another tough challenge for the Mark Sanchez and company. The Texans boast arguably the best defense in the AFC, along with a dangerous offense led by Arian Foster and Andre Johnson. The Jets will once again be outmatched from start to finish and drop their second straight home game.
Week 6 vs Colts: Andrew Luck will undoubtedly improve the Colts, but they will still be one of the worst teams in the league next season. Indianapolis' defense is still one of the poorest units in the NFL, and Mark Sanchez and company will get back on track against it. The Jets claim an easy win and move back to .500.
Week 7 at Patriots: The Jets face their archival, the Patriots, for the first time during Week 7. The intensity will be high, but New York will have a tough time dethroning New England on their home field. Tom Brady and the Patriots' explosive offense trounce the Jets and drop Gang Green to 3-4.
Week 8 vs Dolphins: With losses in three of their last four, the Jets will be in desperation mode when they host the Dolphins in Week 8. Miami will give its all in an attempt to avoid a season sweep at the hands of New York, but New York will come through late behind its talented defensive unit.
Week 10 at Seahawks: The Jets will suffer their toughest loss of the 2012 season in Seattle. The Seahawks boast an underrated defense, and with the addition of Matt Flynn, should possess a solid offense. Seattle is a scary team at home. New York will be rattled by the crowd and will be thrown off by the cross-country travel. Gang Green drops to 4-5.
Week 11 at St. Louis: Rex Ryan and company will once again be facing a must-win game in Week 11. Luckily for them, it will be against one of the weakest teams in the league. The Rams are a mess on both sides of the ball, and the Jets should have no trouble marching out to a blowout win.
Week 12 vs Patriots: The biggest game of the season will be on the biggest stage. The Jets host the Patriots on Thanksgiving night. The adrenaline will be rushing, but the team will once again fall short against their dominant rival. The Patriots offense is too talented for the Jets defense to contain.
Week 13 vs Cardinals: Arizona boasts an extremely talented roster, especially on offense. The Jets will have to perform well to beat the Cardinals, but with their season on the line, will come up with a win. Mark Sanchez's job could be at risk by this point of the season, so the former USC superstar will put together his best performance against a subpar Cardinals secondary.
Week 14 at Jaguars: The Jets will dominate the Jaguars from start to finish in Week 14. Jacksonville has a solid defense, but its offense is one of the worst in the entire league. Blaine Gabbert is simply not an NFL-caliber quarterback. New York will claim a big victory and move to 7-6 on the season.
Week 15 at Titans: The Titans will put a massive dent into New York's playoff hopes in Week 15. Under the pressure of a must-win game in front of a national audience, Mark Sanchez will crumble. Turnovers, and sloppy defensive play will cost the Jets a win against a Titans team on the rise.
Week 16 vs Chargers: The Jets face a good matchup against the Chargers in Week 16. San Diego always finds a way to implode late in the season. Gang Green will win a tight one late at home as Mark Sanchez tries to convince the organization that he is still worthy of a starting role.
Week 17 at Bills: Rex Ryan and company will enter the final week of the season with slim playoff hopes. However, unlike last season, the Jets will come through in the clutch. Mark Sanchez performs admirably and New York's defense contains Fred Jackson. The Jets finish the season on a two-game winning streak to pull to 9-7.
Inconsistency will plague the Jets again in 2012. Mark Sanchez and the defense will be unable to stay on the same page for any length of time, and the elite talent of the roster will once again be wasted. Gang Green fails to make the postseason for a second straight season.