New York Jets
9-7 (9-7 ATS), 2nd Place AFC East in 2009
Sometimes you have to wreck a little bit of havoc on your competition in order to prove your point. HC Rex Ryan did just that in the media all season long in 2009, calling out the Patriots, the Bengals, the Chargers, the Colts, and any other team that he felt like was getting in his way of bringing the New York Jets to the Super Bowl. Though ultimately, Ryan fell a game short of glory, there is no doubt that he changed the mentality in the Big Apple. The Jets may now be the most feared team in the NFL.
2010 Draft: You can never have enough corners in the NFL. Ryan started off his 2010 draft by snaring another quick corner with great hands that can bring it on the blitz. DB Kyle Young out of Boise State was a great value selection at #29 overall, and Jets fans can be excited that Wilson will either be starting across from DB Darrelle Revis or in the slot in nickel packages. The second round selection of G Vladimir Ducasse was a bit of a puzzling one, but it appears as though Ducasse is going to be the man taking the place of the since-released G Alan Faneca, who was weighing down the payroll with his hefty salary.
Offensive Outlook: Part of the reason the Jets didn't have a ton of draft selections was because of the trade for WR Santonio Holmes. The former Pittsburgh Steelers wide out won't be playing for the first four games of the year due to his violation of the personal conduct policy, but when he comes back, he could make for a lethal target opposite Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery. The bigger question is how the #1 rushing attack in the league from a year ago is going to cope without RBs Thomas Jones (released) and Leon Washington (traded). Yes, RB LaDainian Tomlinson is a future Hall of Famer, but after failing to reach the 1,000 yard barrier for the first time in his career in '09, there's a question about what LT has left in the tank. RB Shonn Greene had a pair of 100+ yard rushing games in the playoffs last year though, making us wonder whether or not these great running performances are a product of the backs themselves or the system that Ryan has implemented.
Defensive Outlook: Blitz, blitz, blitz, blitz, and blitz some more! That's all it feels like the Jets do on a regular basis, and it confused the heck out of everyone in 2009. New York finished the year ranked first in pass defense (153.7 yards per game), total defense (252.3 yards per game), and scoring (14.8 points per game). Add DB Antonio Cromartie from San Diego to the bunch with Wilson and Revis, and the Jets also have the best secondary in the game to boot. DT Kris Jenkins missed the end of the season injured as well, and his return is certainly a welcome one. Ryan isn't going to call off the dogs in his second year at the helm in the Big Apple, so expect to see even more blitzing schemes drawn up as the season goes along to create hassles for opposing offenses.
2010 Betting Outlook: When New York's blitz got figured out, the team was terrible in 2009. However, when you live and die on the blitz, that sort of thing happens. The Jets performed poorly thanks to rookie QB Mark Sanchez at times, most notably in the Buffalo game at home in which he tossed five picks. They know that they just can't afford to fall behind in games, particularly by double digits. That's why New York didn't end up doing a heck of a lot better than the 9-7 ATS mark that they ended the 2009 regular season with.
All Odds for 2010 NFL betting season can be found at 5Dimes Sportsbook. New York Jets Predictions: 10-6, 1st Place in AFC East 2010 New York Jets Schedule
New York Jets Odds To Win AFC East: +140
New York Jets Odds To Win AFC: +625
New York Jets Odds To Win Super Bowl XLV: +1300
New York Jets Regular Season Win Total: 9.5 over +110
New York doesn't have the same type of schedule now that it did last year when it nearly captured the AFC East crown. However, the more time that Sanchez gets with his receivers and the more Ryan has time to draw up creative defensive schemes, the better the Jets will get. They've got a very interesting slate in front of them, but we think this is the year that the champs get knocked off of their throne in this division once and for all, fair and square.
Week 1 - Home vs. Ravens
Week 2 - Home vs. Patriots
Week 3 - Away @ Dolphins
Week 4 - Away @ Bills
Week 5 - Home vs. Vikings
Week 6 - Away @ Broncos
Week 7 - Bye
Week 8 - Home vs. Packers
Week 9 - Away @ Lions
Week 10 - Away @ Browns
Week 11 - Home vs. Texans
Week 12 - Home vs. Bengals
Week 13 - Away @ Patriots
Week 14 - Home vs. Dolphins
Week 15 - Away @ Steelers
Week 16 - Away @ Bears
Week 17 - Home vs. Bills
New York Jets Predictions: 10-6, 1st Place in AFC East
2010 New York Jets Schedule