The 2011 NFL Schedule has been released.
After witnessing the Jets come so close to the Promised Land for the second year in a row, I have been devastated for months (especially since I am also a Mets fan, which has me already looking forward to football).
I was in Pittsburgh the night the Jets lost the AFC Championship game. After a 24-3 first half in favor of the Steelers, the Jets made a spirited comeback in the second half, but fell just short. To me, they proved that they were better than Pittsburgh. They dominated the second half and the Steelers had no answer. In the end, their biggest enemy was the clock.
Moving forward, the Jets come in with big expectations for the second straight year. If the Jets can draft a pass rusher and resign Edward and Holmes to be core weapons in the offense, they look like one of the favorites heading into the season (let's pray they have one).
With that said, here are my predictions for every single game on the 2011 schedule.
The Dallas Cowboys are coming off a very disappointing 2010 campaign. They finished the season 6-10 after coming into the season Super Bowl favorites.
Prediction: Cowboys 20 Jets 17
In Week 2, the Jets stay at home to meet with the Jaguars. Jacksonville is coming off a season which saw them start strong, but end soft and miss the postseason.
The Jags are led by their All Pro back Maurice Jones Drew, who just two years ago, had a huge game and helped hand New York a loss at home. However, this time around, the Jets are the way more talented team. I see them rebounding off their tough Week 1 loss and beating the Jaguars handily.
Prediction: Jets 28 Jaguars 17
The Raiders are coming off one of their best seasons in years after finishing 8-8. Led by their breakout star Darren McFadden, the Raiders finished second in the NFL in rushing and went a perfect 6-0 in their division.
Just two years ago, the Raiders edged the Jets 13-10 in Oakland in OT. This time around, the Jets are once again the more talented team. They should get their first away win of the season. Expect it to be close, though.
Prediction: Jets 24 Raiders 20
In Week 4, the Jets will meet the team that handed them their first New Meadowlands Stadium loss in the Ravens. This time the game will be in Baltimore.
The Ravens are coming off another great year which saw them finish 12-4 before losing to their rival Steelers in the AFC Divisional Round. The Jets will be pumped to get revenge on the Ravens. I think they'll do so in front of a nationally televised audience, thanks to a great game from Mark Sanchez.
Prediction: Jets 23 Ravens 14
Yes, my friends, this is the Big One. The Jets will head to Foxborough for the first time since their huge playoff win there last year.
Brady and the Pats should be very pumped up for the contest, as they believe the Jets robbed them of what was their "Super Bowl Season." Expect Brady and the crew to come out strong and beat the Jets easily.
Prediction: Patriots 35 Jets 17
The Jets finally return home to play their divisional rival, the Dolphins. Miami is a team that has seemed to have the Jets number over the last few seasons.
However, after starting the season 3-2, I think the Jets avoid falling to 500. on the year. They'll come out determined, and silence the critics after last week's big loss in New England.
Prediction: Jets 31 Dolphins 17
Gang Green's tough schedule continues as they host the San Diego Chargers in Week 7.
Despite missing out on the playoffs last season, San Diego, like Dallas, still remains one of the NFL's most dangerous and talented teams. Led by their star quarterback Phillip Rivers, the Chargers should come into this game with a record of 5-1 or 4-2.
This game will be an early look at two of the AFC's powerhouses in action. I believe the Jets have the edge simply because they are at home and not in the warm weather in San Diego
Prediction: Jets 31 Chargers 27
The Jets had to Buffalo after a Week 8 BYE to face their divisional rival. Despite a shaky record, the Bills showed they can compete with the best in 2010. I think they give the Jets their all after losing both contest last year by scores of 38-14.
However, the Jets, confident and in need of a win, defeat the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Prediction: Jets 23 Bills 20
Halfway through the season, the Jets record will be 6-2, with their only losses coming in Week 1 to the Cowboys and Week 6 to New England. Their record will be 3-1 in both home and away games. They should be tied with the Patriots atop the division, then, as New England has tough tests early in the year (Week 2 vs. SD, Week 6 vs. DAL, Week 8 at PIT, Week 9 vs. NYG).
The Jets should meet the Patriots in a colossal battle on Sunday Night Football in Week 10 for the early division lead.
My second half predictions for the Jets will be out tomorrow. Have any comments or questions? Agree or Disagree on different games? Leave a comment.