New York Jets Predictions: Picks for Every Remaining Game
The New York Jets have been one of the most disappointing story lines of the 2011 season. Third-year quarterback Mark Sanchez has been abysmal as of late, and the heart and soul of the franchise, the defense, has been porous.
Despite all their struggles, the Jets are still in a position to make a late push for the postseason. With matchups ahead with weak teams such as the Redskins and Chiefs, Rex Ryan and company are destined for success.
The last five weeks of the season will be a wild ride for Gang Green supporters, as each game could decide the fate of the inconsistent clubhouse.
@ Washington Redskins
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The Jets begin their quest for a playoff berth this Sunday in Washington.
The Redskins have really struggled of late. Led by feeble quarterback Rex Grossman, Washington's offensive unit lacks the weapons to keep defenses off balance.
New York's stifling defensive unit should pick apart a weak core of receivers and running backs, and should keep the Redskins off the scoreboard for the majority of the game.
The Jets offense could struggle at times against an underrated Skins defense, but will eventually break through thanks to a terrific game from powerful running back Shonn Greene.
In the end, New York will manage to stay alive in the playoff race, as they outclass a weak squad to claim their second road win of the season.
Jets 24, Redskins 13
Kansas City Chiefs
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After a big win over the Redskins, the Jets are gifted with a home game against an injury-ridden Chiefs squad.
Kansas City has been unable to find offensive balance all season long, as they have suffered major injuries to their starting quarterback and star running back.
The addition of veteran signal-caller Kyle Orton will provide a spark for the struggling offensive unit, but the lack of a consistent run game will end up costing them against a vaunted New York defense.
On defense, the Chiefs will manage to disrupt the tempo of Mark Sanchez, largely due to the ferocious pass rush of star defensive end Tamba Hali.
Despite some offensive struggles, the Jets will still manage to claim a solid win over a weak AFC opponent, thanks to terrific play from New York's elite defensive unit.
Jets 20, Chiefs 13
@ Philadelphia Eagles
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After three consecutive wins to move into a prime position for a wild card spot, the Jets head to Philadelphia for a huge match up with the Eagles.
The Eagles have been the most inconsistent team in football this year, as they have had impressive wins over strong teams such as the Cowboys and Giants, as well as shocking losses to weak teams such as the Bills and the Cardinals.
Even though they possess one of the most talented squads in football, Philadelphia has been doomed by under performing stars and key injuries.
The Jets will be confident after a string of spectacular victories, but the inconsistent play of the offense and defense will end up being the downfall for Gang Green.
New York simply does not possess enough speed and strength on either side of the ball to compete with an explosive team like the Eagles.
Mark Sanchez and company will take a heartbreaking loss that could significantly damage their playoff hopes.
Eagles 33, Jets 24
New York Giants
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After a tough road loss to the explosive Eagles, the 8-6 Jets head home to play huge game with their inner city rival Giants.
This game will be one of the most anticipated of the season, as both teams will be vying for postseason spots, while also competing for Big Apple supremacy.
Eli Manning has improved his game significantly, and is rapidly turned into one of the game's elite signal quarterbacks. The rest of the G-men offense has been inconsistent though, as they have suffered a string of devastating injuries, as well as under performing play from their multiple offensive weapons.
The performance of the Giant's injury-prone defense has also varied significantly, as they have looked elite at times, as well as just average.
This key battle will be a defensive struggle, as both teams possess mistake-prone quarterbacks and opportunistic secondaries. These franchises match up well on both sides of the ball, and will provide fans with a terrific game on Christmas Eve.
In the end, Gang Green will manage to keep their season alive, thanks to a last-minute touchdown drive by the Jets clutch offensive weapons.
Jets 24, Giants 19
@ Miami Dolphins
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New York's season will be decided in a massive Week 17 matchup with divisional rival Dolphins.
Miami has gelled together over the last few weeks, and has proved that they are no longer the league's punching bag. The offense, led by former backup Matt Moore, has been surprisingly balanced, while the defense has finally begun to perform at the elite level they were expected to in the preseason.
The Dolphins will provide the Jets with a tough challenge, but with their season on the line, New York will edge out a victory, thanks to a balanced effort from Gotham's imposing secondary and ferocious pass rush.
Jets 23, Dolphins 16
FINAL RECORD: 10-6