New York Jets
The New York Jets were originally founded as the New York Titans and began play in the AFL in 1960. The team immediately got into financial trouble and was acquired by a group of men who moved the team to Shea Stadium and renamed them the Jets. They would play there until their move New Jersey in 1984. They currently play their home games there in MetLife Stadium, which they share with the New York Giants.
The Jets have experienced some measure of success over the years. Prior to the merger, they won their first and only Super Bowl with an upset of the Baltimore Colts in 1968, with the famed Joe Namath at QB. This would also be their last appearance in the big game, as they have been defeated four consecutive times when getting to the conference championship game. They have 14 total playoff appearances and four division championships, most recently claiming the AFC East crown in 2002.
The team originally competed in the AFL’s Eastern Division before the 1970 merger. Along with the Patriots, Bills and Dolphins, they joined the AFC East, where they have been ever since.
The franchise has changed hands several times over the years, and most recently was purchased by Woody Johnson for $635 million in 2000. He has since been appointed to an ambassadorship and his brother, Christopher, has taken over day-to-day operations. The team president is Hymie Elhai, and the general manager is Joe Douglas, formerly of the Ravens, Bears and Eagles.
Adam Gase not only occupies the head coaching position, but he also calls the plays on offense. He will be entering his second season with the franchise. Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains and veteran defensive coordinator Gregg Williams also begin their second seasons with the team.
The early success of the franchise led to a several players and coaches being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The architect and the leader from the Super Bowl III win, head coach Weeb Ewbank and Namath were enshrined in 1978 and 1985, respectively. More recently, star running back Curtis Martin joined them, and just this year longtime offensive lineman Winston Hill joined the ranks in Canton.
After winning seven games last season, the Jets still had much to be desired from the roster, and went to work in the NFL Draft this spring. They added Louisville left tackle Mekhi Becton with the eleventh overall pick and Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims in the second round. Part of the remaining picks were dedicated to improving the defense, drafting safety Ashtyn Davis and CB Bryce Hall to help in the defensive backfield, and DE Jabari Zuniga to bolster the pass rush.
The Jets also added RB Lamical Perine, QB James Morgan, another lineman in OT Cameron Clark and punter Braden Mann with their final selection.
The team will be heading into 2020 under the leadership of third year quarterback Sam Darnold. Hampered by illness and injuries so far in his young career, the team is hoping to see their 2018 first round pick thrive this year. Along with what they picked up in the draft, the team also added two more pieces to the line via free agency in TE George Fant and C Connor McGovern. Similarly, along with the rookie Mims, the wide receiving corps was bolstered by free agent addition Breshad Perriman, who’s coming over from last year’s high-flying Tampa Bay offense. The Jets also added some depth at running back with veteran Frank Gore, a favorite of coach Gase.
The betting markets don’t think very highly of this year’s Jets, with DraftKings sports book listing them at 100/1 to win the Super Bowl this season, one of the longest shots on the board. They are given 66/1 odds to win the AFC and are listed as fourth favorite to win their division, with 15/1 AFC East odds.
Their season win total was set at just 6 games this year, and the Jets begun the season on a losing note with a loss to the Bills this past Sunday. Falling behind 21-0, New York made it a bit of a game late, but this loss may be a sign of what’s to come for Jets fans this season.
New York Jets Betting Preview
The first half of the 2019 season was a virtual disaster for the New York Jets. They won one of their first eight games and starting quarterback Sam Darnold missed three games after being diagnosed with mononucleosis.
With Darnold back under center and the offensive line providing better protection, the Jets started the second half of the season with three consecutive wins and reeled off three more over their final five games to finish with a 7-9 record.
Key offseason moves
One of the Jets’ biggest weaknesses in 2019 was their offensive line, and they made several moves to strengthen that unit.
At the top of that list is the signing of veteran center Connor McGovern from the Tennessee Titans. McGovern is a veteran who instantly boosts the interior blocking and provides much-needed leadership.
The Jets also drafted highly rated University of Louisville offensive tackle Mekhi Becton with the No. 11 overall selection. Becton is close to a lock to start in the season opener, and fourth-round draft pick Cameron Clark has a chance to start at guard instead of returnee Alex Lewis.
New York also emphasized improving the overall talent of offensive skill players surrounding Darnold. The Jets lost deep threat wide receiver Robby Anderson but added Breshad Perriman, who finished last season with a flourish while playing for Tampa Bay.
The Jets also drafted Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims in the second round, and he should get a chance to contribute right away. Perriman and Mims join steady performer Jamison Crowder at the top of the depth chart.
Two other offseason could negatively affect the defense, which played well in the second half of last season despite dealing with injuries and youth. The Jets traded All-Pro safety Jamal Adams to Seattle and lost the services of All-Pro linebacker C.J. Mosely when he opted out of the season.
There are young and less proven players that may perform well in their absences, but one critical part of the defense the Jets did not address is the pass rush. They ranked 23rd in the league with 35 sacks last season and 25th with 50 quarterback hurries.
Top 3 players
RB Le’Veon Bell: Perhaps because of the underperforming offensive line, Bell got off to a slow start last season despite being a prized free-agent signing from the Pittsburgh Steelers. He didn’t average better than 3.5 yards per carry in any of the first six games and averaged better than 4.0 yards per carry in a game three times all season. His season average of 3.2 yards per carry was better than only one regularly used running back in the league (Peyton Barber). Bell is too good to be held in check for long, especially if the offensive line continues to improve as it did toward the end of last season.
He rushed for 789 yards last season, and this year his season total for rushing yards is set at 800.5 by DraftKings. His season total for rushing yards plus receiving yards is set at 1,299.5 by FanDuel. He combined for 1,250 yards last season.
If you feel like betting on a long shot to win MVP, you can get Bell at +15,000 on DraftKings and FanDuel.
QB Sam Darnold: With two seasons of average performances under his belt, it is time for the former Southern California standout to take the next step. The Jets do need to protect him better so he can take advantage of his big arm, but gaining consistency is going to be extremely important, too. He also needs to take better care of the football. He was one of seven players to fumble more than 10 times last season, and he did that despite missing three games with mono.
Darnold passed for 3,024 yards and 19 touchdowns last season in 13 games. FanDuel and DraftKings have identical totals of 22.5 passing touchdowns for him, but they differ significantly on his season total for passing yards. FanDuel lists that total at 3,549.5, while DraftKings lists 3,600.5.
For MVP, you can get Darnold at +10,000 on FanDuel and +8,000 on DraftKings.
WR Jamison Crowder: Crowder performed well in his first four seasons with Washington, and he improved last season – his first with the Jets. His 78 receptions were a career-high, and his 833 receiving yards were 14 fewer than his career-high of 847 set in 2016. He caught six touchdown passes, which is one below his career-high. Crowder fills a pivotal role in the slot in head coach Adam Gase’s offensive system so he should continue to get plenty of targets in his second year in New York.
DraftKings lists Crowder’s season total for receiving yards at 800.5.
Regular season win Total (6.5 at DraftKings and 6.5 at FanDuel)
Last year was the first time in four seasons the Jets won more than six games. Both web sites have the season win total juiced to the under.
Odds to win Division (+850 at DraftKings and +800 at FanDuel)
The Jets are neck-and-neck with the Dolphins with these odds. Both teams are chasing the Bills and Patriots.
Odds to Win Super Bowl (+8000 at DraftKings and +8500 at FanDuel)
Only four teams have longer odds than the Jets to win the Super Bowl – Carolina, Washington, Cincinnati and Jacksonville.
The Jets created some momentum by winning six of their last eight games a season ago, but that may be fool’s gold. None of those wins came against playoff-bound teams except for the finale against Buffalo in which Bills quarterback Josh Allen played only the first two series before giving way to Matt Barkley. The Jets even lost to the Cincinnati Bengals, who finished with the league’s worst record.
The improvements on the offensive line and skill players were good, but the Jets’ problems were not fixable in a single offseason. If they can get back to seven wins that would be a good feat, but challenging for the division title and making the playoffs seem like a stretch.