The up-and-coming New York Jets will most likely be dubbed preseason pretenders by most football pundits, who refuse to think that Gang Green's revamped roster is talented enough to claim a playoff spot in the 2014 season. Although the Jets are nowhere close to contending for a Super Bowl title, they're certainly capable of earning a wild-card berth.
The Jets offense should be tolerable in the upcoming season, considering key offseason acquisitions, namely Chris Johnson and Eric Decker.
The indigestible version of the Green and White was vanquished when general manager John Idzik opted to release disgruntled wide receiver Santonio Holmes, unofficially commencing a new beginning on the offensive side of the football.
New York finished the 2013 campaign with a mostly satisfying 8-8 record, considering the severe lack of talent the team possessed on offense. The Jets owned one of the worst offenses in the NFL, scoring an inexcusably inefficient 18.1 points per game—29th in the league. That figures to change in 2014.
For the Jets to be successful in the upcoming season, they need considerable contributions from their name-brand players. They also need certain rookies, like Calvin Pryor and Jace Amaro, to perform at a high level at their respective positions.
Most importantly, they need greater efficiency from the quarterback position, which is expected to be an "open competition" in camp, according to Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.
The following slideshow looks ahead to the six most intriguing matchups on the Jets' schedule, which could impact their chances of earning a playoff spot.