New York Jets 2014 NFL Betting Preview

Rex Ryan begins his sixth season as Jets coach, a milestone that seemed unlikely both at the start of last season and 12 games into it. After going 28-20 and making the playoffs twice in his first three years, New York was just 6-10 in 2012. Most thought 2013 was a make or break year for Ryan and when the team was 5-7 it appeared the coach’s days were numbered. However, the Jets won three of four down the stretch and were an even better 9-6-1 against the spread. The Jets finished 6-2 at home straight up and against the number. They had eight overs last year and eight unders.

Rex Ryan begins his sixth season as Jets coach, a milestone that seemed unlikely both at the start of last season and 12 games into it. After going 28-20 and making the playoffs twice in his first three years, New York was just 6-10 in 2012. Most thought 2013 was a make or break year for Ryan and when the team was 5-7 it appeared the coach’s days were numbered. However, the Jets won three of four down the stretch and were an even better 9-6-1 against the spread. The Jets finished 6-2 at home straight up and against the number. They had eight overs last year and eight unders.

New York faces the ninth most difficult slate in the NFL this year and the toughest schedule among AFC East teams. Each of their first four road games come against teams who made the playoffs last year. The Jets play three of their first four at home with 50/50 games against Chicago and Detroit, two of their four NFC North opponents, critical for postseason chances. They end the season with three of four on the road though Minnesota, Tennessee and Miami are not monsters. New York plays all four of their AFC West opponents during the first nine weeks of the season.

Geno Smith was average at absolute best in his rookie year under center for the Jets and now will be pushed big time at quarterback by Michael Vick. Whoever gets the nod will have new weapons to throw to. Eric Decker was signed away from Denver, and Jace Amaro, Jalen Saunders, Shaq Evans and Quincy Enunwa were all drafted. Antonio Cromartie has departed but wasn’t very good last year. Dee Milliner and Dimitri Patterson represent serious question marks at corner.

Few people had any faith in the Jets last year yet they went 8-8 and significantly upgraded the passing game this offseason. They’re 70-1 to win the Super Bowl and 35-1 to represent the AFC in the big game. The defense played pretty well last year. Michael Vick has played at an MVP quality more than once in his career. If he does this season, the Jets will be in business.