NFL Predictions for 2010 Season: Hopes Too High for N.Y. Jets?

ctsports picksAnalyst IJuly 26, 2010

NEW YORK - MARCH 16:  New York Jets Darrelle Revis poses for a portrait on March 16, 2010 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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The NFL offseason has seem to drag on forever but don't look now we are less than three weeks from the first preseason game. So its time to take a break from all of our free sports picks as we do our NFL football previews. This week we start with the AFC East Teams. Maybe the most competitive division from 2009 and 2010 should be more of the same. Today we will start our NFL previews with the New York Jets. This team has had a very busy offseason and today we analyze the odds, schedule, and full team preview.

Make sure you check out rest of the division breakdowns: Buffalo Bills , New England Patriots , and Miami Dolphins !

Without a question the biggest need from last year was to improve a very limited offense. Last year they had many excuses but Rookie QB Sanchez really was below average. A year of experience and some more explosive weapons should help Sanchez greatly. But with key acquisitions of LT and Santonio Holmes they should get many more big yardage plays than they did in 2009. Greene will carry the load at RB but with LT and rookie McKnight getting the third down carries. Really still lack a go to receiver and with Holmes missing some early season games due to suspension might leave this offense very limited.

Defensive was the name of the game in 2009 for the New York Jets and with some key additions this defense might be even better than last year. The secondary was great last year but adding Cromartie makes it almost not fair for opposing offenses. The defensive line was downright dominating last year and with the return of Jenkins only injuries could keep this unit down. Linebackers are a little older so they do have something to prove, but with Ryan's constant blitzes will most likely cover this small weakness. The defensive unit as a whole will be better if thats possible and will keep the Jets in every game.

Special Teams was good in 2009 but they changed place kickers to once pro bowler Folk. If he goes back to his pro bowl form they have an upgrade but think the wind in New York will not make it easy for him. Punting will be average at best as Weatherford will nail down that job in mini camps. Kick and Punt Return might go to rookie McKnight who is very elusive and can really fly. Overall special teams could cost them a few close games.

Odds for the New York Jets:
  • +140 to win AFC East
  • +1000 to win Super Bowl
  • +450 to win AFC Championship
  • over under 9.5 wins
With Coach Ryan and this great defense you can count on this team to win 9 games by playing ball control offense. As the season progresses think the offense will give them enough to win at least one on their own. So its pretty safe bet to play over 9.5 wins. Also like this team to win the AFC East at +140 but don't think the offense has enough to get to or win it all.
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