New York Jets 2009 Season Preview and Predictions

Tyler AveryContributor IAugust 17, 2009

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MAY 02:  Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets throws a pass during minicamp on May 2, 2009 at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Sept. 13, @HOU

Will the Texans have a breakout year and finally finish over .500? The Jets will be without Calvin Pace and Shaun Ellis, so who will step up?

Houston's good running game will be a factor. The Jets will also rely on their stellar offensive line and rushing attack. This will be the first NFL regular season game for QB Mark Sanchez.

Jets Win, 13-10.

Key Players

HOU: QB Matt Schaub, NT Amobi Okoye 

NYJ: NT Kris Jenkins, RB Thomas Jones


Sept. 20, NE

Tom Brady is back, and the additions of Fred Jackson and Joey Galloway further bolster their potent offense. New England is poised to rattle rookie QB Sanchez and make him move in the pocket.

Patriots win, 17-10.

Key Players

NE: QB Tom Brady, DE Vince Wilfork

NYJ: CB Darrelle Revis,TE Dustin Keller


Sept. 27, TEN

With Albert Haynesworth's departure, who steps up for the Titans? Coach Jeff Fisher is going to use a defensive tackle-by-committee approach to make up for the huge gap without Haynesworth.

Can Kerry Collins stay healthy for the year? Power back LenDale White is in a contract year and lost 30 pounds during the offseason. Will Chris Johnson fall into the dreaded "sophomore slump?" This game is a toss-up.                                                                 

Key Players

TEN: RB LenDale White, CB Mike Griffin

NYJ: RB Leon Washington, MLB Bart Scott


Oct. 4, @NO

New Orleans' weak defense will be no match for the Jets' running game. Reggie Bush is extremely dangerous when he is healthy but can he stay that way? What about the secondary:Can the Jets stop Drew Brees and the potent passing attack of the Saints? 

Jets win, 21-17.                                                                                                       

Key Players

NO: QB Drew Brees, MLB Jon Vilma 

NYJ: RB Thomas Jones, CB Darrelle Revis

Oct. 12, MIA

Can Rex Ryan and Co. shut down the "wildcat" like last year? What happens if Chad Pennington is forced to throw the ball? The past few seasons, these teams have had a tendency to split the season series.                                                               

Jets win, 14-10.                      

Key Players

MIA: QB Chad Pennington, DE/OLB Jason Taylor 

NYJ:QB Mark Sanchez, MLB Bart Scott

Oct. 18, Buff

Marshawn Lynch and Terrell Owens are going to cause problems. The Bills offensive line better step up for Trent Edwards' sake.

Can Marcus Stroud and Aaron Schobel stop the Jets rushing attack of Thomas Jones, Leon Washington, and Shonn Greene?                                                               

Jets win, 10-3.

Key players

BUF: RB Marshawn Lynch, MLB Aaron Schobel

NYJ: RB Thomas Jones, CB Darrelle Revis


Oct. 25, @OAK

The Jets have been woeful in the "black hole" as of late.

Can Tom Cable get his group working? Darrius Heyward-Bey was selected over Michael Crabtree—how bad will that draft blunder hurt them?

Can Jenkins stop Darren McFadden and Justin Fargas, and will Sanchez be able to throw successfully over Nnamdi Asomugha?                     

Jets win, 14-10.

Key Players

OAK: RB Darren McFadden, CB Nnamdi Asomugha

NYJ: TE Dustin Keller, MLB David Harris


Nov. 1, MIA

Can the Jets shut down the "wildcat" once again and force Pennington to throw? What adjustments will the Dolphins make to be successful in the second game?

If the Jets rattle Pennington, they can sweep the season series. Will the Jets be firing on all cylinders?

This game has tons of outside factors to decide the winner, will be an amazing one for fans to watch, and is another toss-up.                                                                      

Key players

MIA: RB Ronnie Brown, DE/OLB Jason Taylor

NYJ: QB Mark Sanchez, OLB Calvin Pace

Nov. 15, JAX

The Jaguars are looking to bounce back from their disappointing 2008 campaign. This will be Maurice Jones-Drew's first full season as the feature back, and head coach Jack Del Rio is on the hot seat. Jacksonville's defense will swarm and shut down the running game, forcing Sanchez to pass.                                 

Jaguars win, 13-10.

Key Players

JAX: RB Maruice Jones-Drew, DT John Henderson

NYJ: TE Dustin Keller, NT Kris Jenkins

Nov. 22, @NE

If the Jets' offense and defense are firing on all cylinders, they can steal a win in New England.

Coach Bill Belichick is going to look to shutdown both facets of the offense and this will be a defensive struggle for both teams. Second-year TE Dustin Keller will be a huge asset in this game: The Patriots will force quick passes and Keller is a mismatch for anyone.                                                                                         

Jets win, 13-10.

Key Players

NE: QB Tom Brady, MLB Jerrod Mayo

NYJ: TE Dustin Keller, CB Darrelle Revis


Nov. 29, CAR

The big story is Darrelle Revis vs. Steve Smith on the outside. The winner of this battle will likely win the game for his team. Will Carolina shut down Sanchez and the Jets' rushing attack?

Jets win, 21-14.

Key Players

CAR: WR Steve Smith, DE Julius Peppers

NYJ: RB Thomas Jones, CB Darrelle Revis


Dec. 3, @BUF

Pack your bags! The Jets go on the road to Toronto to face the Bills. Lynch won't be stopped. Owens will explode in the dome even with Revis blanketing him. Can over-the-top help from Kerry Rhodes or Jim Leonhard slow T.O.?                                                                                                    

Bills win, 21-7.

Key Players

BUF: WR Terrell Owens, DT Marcus Stroud

NYJ: WR Jerricho Cotchery, S Kerry Rhodes

Dec. 13, @TB

Tampa is in rebuilding mode with a new coach in Raheem Morris and a group of journeymen and a very raw rookie (Josh Freeman) as its quarterbacks. Kellen Winslow will help tremendously for whomever is at the helm. Ultimately, the Jets will shut down the Bucs' offense.

Jets win, 21-10.

Key Players

TB: TE Kellen Winslow, CB Ronde Barber

NYJ: TE Dustin Keller, S Kerry Rhodes


Dec. 20, ATL

Matt Ryan looks to build on his rookie success and not fall into a "sophomore slump." Mike Turner looks to continue on his 604 carries for 2,956 yards 4.9 avg., and 23 TD career. This will be no offensive shootout, but the Jets will lose and important, must-win game, 7-14.

Key Players

ATL: QB Matt Ryan, DT Peria Jerry

NYJ RB Thomas Jones, MLB Bart Scott


Dec. 27, @IND

The Jets look to go into Indianapolis and wineasier said than done.

With the loss of Tony Dungy, can Peyton Manning be successful? The Colts' Super Bowl window is closing.

Will this be an easy team to beat? Definitely no. Indianapolis still has a great defensive line and secondary.                                                                

Colts win, 21-14.

Key Players

IND: QB Peyton Manning, DE Dwight Freeney

NYJ: QB Mark Sanchez, MLB David Harris


Jan. 3, CIN

In the final game of the regular season, Cincinnati and ex-Jets receiver Laveranues Coles come to town.

The Jets must win to have a chance at the postseason. Rex Ryan's defense will not be denied in this game, shutting down Carson Palmer, Chad Ochocinco, and the entire Bengals' team.                                                                           

Jets win, 24-14.

Key Players

CIN: WR Chad Ochocinco, DT Tank Johnson

NYJ: TE Dustin Keller, OLB Calvin Pace


If my predictions are correct, the Jets could finish anywhere between 12-4 or 9-7. With the strength of the AFC East and the AFC in general, the Jets' best shot at getting to the postseason is via a wild card berth.