NFL Predictions for 2010 Season: Can the New York Jets Support the Hype?
I haven't seen so much hype for such an unproven NFL team in quite some time.
Many times, the reigning Super Bowl champion and playoff teams from the previous season don't meet expectations the next year. And sometimes, teams that had so-so regular seasons but ended their years on a hot streak get a boost in the rankings come preseason.
And that is exactly what has happened with the New York Jets.
SI.com has them ranked No. 1 in their new pre-training camp rankings. Now, of course none of these silly rankings matter because no games have been played. But they mean something.
The Jets are the hot team. They are the "it" team of the moment, the young studs. The team that was interested in signing Terrell Owens. The team on the television show "Hard Knocks." The team that has young gun Mark Sanchez at quarterback, Darrelle Revis snatching balls on defense, and the sudden big-name coach in Rex Ryan.
Now, don't take this the wrong way. The Jets are a good team. They made the AFC Championship game last season, after all. And despite their 9-7 record, they finished the season relatively strong.
With a strong roster intact for this season, the Jets most likely will succeed. Unless of course, all this talk is just talk and nothing else. After all, hype won't get you wins.
They still have to get by Peyton Manning and the Colts in the AFC. Plus, Baltimore looks good this year. And you can never count Tom Brady and the Patriots out. The AFC is always tough. And that's only half the league.
Even if the Jets do make the argument that they're the top team in the AFC and end up supporting that statement with wins, I'm not ready to proclaim them as better than the Super Bowl champion Saints.
Heck, last year the Jets weren't even expected to be the best New York team. The Giants were. And the Jets will always be the Giants' little brother. Even if they are the better team.
But, with all of that being said, I do expect the Jets to be more than good this season. Do I expect them to win the Super Bowl?
I'm thinking something like the Giants' fantastic season following their Super Bowl win, where they went 12-4 and then got busted by the Eagles in the first round of the playoffs.
But do I expect them to fail like the constantly-hyped Seattle Mariners (sorry Mariners fans) of MLB? No.
Let the games begin!
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