Trying to predict the NFL on a game-by-game basis usually turns out to be a futile effort. There's a reason why bookies don't go out of business.
So trying to predict the results of the New York Jets' entire schedule 30 weeks in advance of opening day 2013 makes about as much sense as playing Clyde Gates at linebacker next season.
But it's still a fun little experiment in which to partake.
The Jets' 2012 schedule looked weak right from the start. Although you never know what's going too happen year-to-year, teams like the Jaguars, Titans, Cardinals, Bills and Rams weren't going to become NFL powerhouses overnight.
Upon first glance at the Jets' 2013 schedule, one thing stands out in comparison to this year: it seems much harder.
The Jets play road games against the Falcons, Ravens, Bengals and of course the Patriots. Throw in home games against tough teams like the Saints, Steelers and Buccaneers, and the Jets aren't going to have too many layups in 2013.
So even though we don't know who the team's general manager will be, who will be calling the plays on offense, and even who will be playing quarterback next year; here's are the game-by-game predictions as to how the Jets will fare in 2013, starting with their AFC East matchups.