Past, Present & Future – Buffalo Bills
Previously on the Buffalo Bills…
A resounding and fun 11-6 season that tragically ended with the Bills losing to the Kansas City Chiefs, with Mahomes & company producing an offensive explosion and great Divisional Round matchup. Easily one of the greatest football games ever. YouTube it. Back to the regular season, that loss to the Patriots in the wind ravaged matchup that saw the Pats attempt only 2 passes was WILD. Josh Allen was truly magical at moments during the season as he combined a strong arm with elite, athletic mobility to score and elude sacks every game. Steelers Week 1, Patriots wind game Week 13, and then the Jaguars 9-6 loss in Week 9 were massive defeats that seem to have worn down the Bills, as they couldn’t find that next gear to take them past the Chiefs. Stefon Diggs had another stellar season, as did Dawson Knox.
The running back room came up short as they struggled to establish any consistent run-game besides Allen. The hardnosed defense did their job as they were ranked 2nd in points against but couldn’t shut down Kansas City for the second time, after they dominated them the first time. Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde are one of the best safety tandems in the league. Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano developed their game a little more and made great strides into coverage reads, as the defense had the least amount of passing yards against in the NFL. Tre’Davious White could have been that difference maker in the playoffs, but unfortunately he tore an ACL during their Thanksgiving game and was out for the rest of the season. He’s trending towards a healthy return by next season, and I’m fired up to see him back out there with this pretty stacked defensive unit. You want to hope that after the whooping Mahomes & company put on them in overtime to end their season that they are fired up for another chance.
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VON MILLER!! That’s right. Von Miller is locked into a juicy deal and SHOULD be the difference maker that this team needs to finally get them to the next level. This team has new toys from the 2022 NFL Draft in James Cook at running back and Kaiir Elam at cornerback. Neither will be relied on heavily early in the season, but both have a big opportunity to carve out some serious playing time. Stefon Diggs is healthy. Josh Allen is healthy. Tre’Davious is trending in the right direction. Buffalo issued a lot of changes to minor coaching positions throughout the team, and the biggest of all of them is Ken Dorsey taking over offensive coordinator duties from now head coach of the New York Giants Brian Daboll. Dawson Knox is looking like a unit. Offensive line is healthy and bringing the same hogs back. Ed freaking Oliver is still good at defensive tackle. Better get A LOT of tables this year Bills Mafia because you can expect another fun season and just MAYYYYBEEEEEEEEE the SUPER BOWL!
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You really want to hope the team can stay mostly healthy and Von Miller can do his thing that helps make the easy games easier and the hard games more winnable. The Buffalo Bills enter the season as Super Bowl favorites at +600 and a win total set at 11.5. Josh Allen is also the favorite to win the NFL MVP award at +700.
Week 1 @ Los Angeles Rams – The first game of the 2022 NFL Season will feature the best of the best as LA will have a Super Bowl banner raising and ring ceremony before the game. Pretty wild how Von Miller went to Buffalo and is still able to enjoy the Super Bowl ring ceremony with the LA Rams in Week 1, as well as possibly beating his former team in his former home, on the way to another ring with this stacked Buffalo squad.
Week 2 vs Tennessee – Tannehill, and especially Derrick Henry, are never an easy game, but you welcome the Titans in your home to hopefully win comfortably. Their defense is no joke, so Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs should have a tough time for the most part but the Bills are stacked on both sides of the ball, with a more competitive roster than the Tennessee Titans.
Week 3 @ Miami – Tua and the boys in teal & orange are poised for some wild wins this season and could make some playoff noise. I expect one helluva defensive-minded game as Miami possesses a top secondary in the league. Could go either way as Tyreek Hill pressures all defensive backs with his blazing speed.
Week 4 @ Baltimore – Kick off October by going to Lamar’s home during his contract season. This is going to be a heavyweight matchup that should see both teams battling it out for a huge AFC victory. Mark Andrews is a weapon at tight end, so Hyde and Poyer should have their hands full.
Week 5 vs Pittsburgh – Should be an easy home win as the Steelers offense is severely lacking some serious punch and the defense can be torched through the air. TJ Watt is always an issue to go up against but if they can contain him the Bills should win by 10 easily.
Week 6 @ Kansas City – An absolute battle as we see the AFC matchup that everybody has been waiting for! Divisional rematch and real gut check for the rest of the season as Josh Allen needs this win to really make a statement.
Week 7 BYE
Week 8 vs Green Bay – The Buffalo Bills welcome Aaron Rodgers without Devante Adams on the roster, as he found a new home in Las Vegas. The Bills defense will have a tough test as well going against AJ Dillon and Aaron Jones on the ground.
Week 9 @ New York – Easy AFC East win as the Jets are looking weak all over the roster. Buffalo should win by two touchdowns at home while getting a much-needed AFC win.
Week 10 vs Minnesota – Possible shootout as Kirk Cousins looks to air raid all over the field with Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen in tow. They are a tough challenge for any defense, so the Bills will have a difficult test at home with the Vikings. Don’t forget about Dalvin Cook who will test this team’s rush defense to the max, as he is one of the premier running backs in the league.
Week 11 vs Cleveland – Watson will be in his final week of suspension so this should be an easy home win as the Bills beat a depleted Browns squad that struggles to find their identity. Myles Garret is a beast but if he can’t get in the backfield then the Browns secondary has no chance at managing the Bills on their own.
Week 12 @ Detroit – Dan Campbell leads the mighty Lions, but unless his team gets a massive momentum swing and some great ball luck, they do not have a chance against the Buffalo Bills. The Lions don’t outmatch the Bills at any position, other than possibly at offensive line. Otherwise, the Lions will need a lot of GRIT to win out.
Week 13 @ New England – AFC East rivals meet up for a divisional matchup as the Bills are expecting to not only win but dominate. They will meet up again in Week 18 for the final game of the season.
Week 14 vs Jets – Possible trap game. Calling it now.
Week 15 vs Miami – If they beat the Jets, then this has the trap game vibe. All 3 AFC East opponents in consecutive weeks should either give the Bills the AFC wins they need or the AFC losses they desperately need to avoid.
Week 16 @ Chicago – Justin Fields is still trying to find some kind of offensive consistency behind this struggling Bears team. Khalil Mack is gone, and with him any chance this team had at beating the Super Bowl favorites. Nice road win for Buffalo.
Week 17 @ Cincinnati – Joe Burrow vs Josh Allen in a quality AFC matchup that should see two playoff teams vying for wins. The Bengals and Bills stack up very well on paper, and with only 1 game remaining in the season after this, you can hope for both teams to leave it all out there.
Week 18 vs New England – End the season by welcoming Bill Belichick to Buffalo. I don’t know if the Bills will be at a point where they need to rest their starters, but the Patriots will be playing their best no matter what. Buffalo can expect a hard-fought game that should pit these AFC rivals against each other with playoff implications.
Past, Present & Future – Miami Dolphins
Previously on the Miami Dolphins…
9-8! The Dolphins opened the season with a massive road win against the New England Patriots but then proceeded to lose the next 7 games, and then win the 7 after that. They then lost to the Titans by 31 in Week 17 and followed that up with a 9-point win against New England in Week 18. What a rollercoaster ride of a season! Tua Tagovailoa played okay but failing to get 3,000 all-purpose yards & 20 TD’s is never a good sign for any NFL QB. Jaylen Waddle had a great season as he collected 1,000 yards receiving with 6 tugs. Mike Gesicki is turning into a quality tight end that the Dolphins can rely on for years to come. The defense was pretty well rounded as Xavien Howard, Brandon Jones, and Byron Jones formed an elite secondary group that frustrated most opposing quarterbacks. You have to expect that the lack of offense pressured the defense more times than not, so for the defense to hold as well as they did is pretty impressive. Brian Flores just couldn’t bring it all together this season and he especially couldn’t work out some magic from Tua.
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Mike Daniels! The new head coach joins the Dolphins from the San Francisco 49ers and has plenty of swag to his game. Tua Tagovailoa is loving the new vibe and especially his newest weapon in Tyreek Hill. The Cheetah joins the teal gang from the Kansas City Chiefs on a nice deal that will see him paid and be the #1 wide receiver for multiple years. Cedrick Wilson earns a nice deal from the Dolphins after a breakout season with the Dallas Cowboys. Brian Flores exited stage left, even suing the organization with tanking allegations. In this new culture under Mike Daniels the Dolphins are finding that level of confidence and skill that could take them to the top of the AFC East. They gathered up Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert to help plug up the spotty running back position which featured Myles Gaskin last season. The defense returns most of the players with a massive addition of Jaelan Phillips, the 1st round pick last year from the Miami Hurricanes. This is a pretty solid roster top to bottom and if Coach Daniels can get these guys believing in him early, I can see some early and big wins stacking up for the orange and teal gang.
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AFC East is top-heavy with the Super Bowl favorite Buffalo Bills blocking the way to the top of the division but Miami should have plenty of opportunity to get those much-needed wins to advance to the playoffs. Their win total is 8.5 and winning the Super Bowl pays +4000.
Week 1 vs New England – Home opener against the rival AFC East opponent in Bill Belichick as both teams try to start the season on a good note. Mac Jones and the Patriots look lost on offense it seems during this offseason as they have no offensive coordinator and Mac looks lost more often than not. Daniels can earn some serious cred with a home opening win here against a prestigious opponent.
Week 2 @ Baltimore – Lamar is playing for his biggest deal ever at the end of this season so this away game to the Ravens is going to be a true test for the offense and defense. Tua should still find success through the air as the Ravens were horrid last season and did little to improve in the offseason.
Week 3 vs Buffalo – Josh Allen and the Bills fly south to face the Dolphins in a mega AFC East matchup. A win here could be monstrous for momentum and Tua especially as he looks to solidify his game in the NFL with a big season. Tua beating Allen is the underdog story that the Miami people need in order to to see the Super Bowl dreams as a reality.
Week 4 @ Cincinnati – On the road to Joe Burrow and the Super Bowl losers of last year. They look stacked again on paper and will test the Dolphins offensive line as Trey Hendrickson and Sam Hubbard form a HOGGY duo on the defensive line.
Week 5 @ NY Jets – This should be a cake walk for the Dolphins, even though they play in New York with Zach Wilson possibly back from injury. The Jets are lacking serious hogs and Miami’s defense should have a field day.
Week 6 vs Minnesota – Kirk Cousins is wheeling the ball to Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen all season so the Miami defense will have a tough task ahead of them here. Dalvin Cook is also expecting to rush for another 1000+ yards and this offensive line might be an issue for the Dolphins D-line.
Week 7 vs Pittsburgh – Kenny Pickett could have taken over the team by now and at home in Pittsburgh against a wild crowd could be a tough task for the Miami boys, but if they can shut down Najee Harris then the Miami secondary should have a field day. It doesn’t help that former head coach Brian Flores is now on the Pittsburgh coaching staff.
Week 8 @ Detroit – Dan Campbell is introducing more grit to this Lions group that could shock some teams during the season. If Miami plays anything but their A-game, then the Lions could turn the tide at home and pull out an upset win.
Week 9 @ Chicago – Justin Fields is captain and quarterback of this team another year and he’s saying all the right things in the press while staying optimistic about the team’s success. There is not a lot to really worry about in this team and it’s Miami game to lose.
Week 10 vs Cleveland – Watson is suspended still from his off-season allegations and unless Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt both get 150+ all-purpose yards each then I highly doubt this team beats Miami. Watch out for Myles Garret though.
Week 11 BYE
Week 12 vs Houston – David Mills travels to Miami to try and pick up a rare win for the Houston Texans. Miami should dismantle this team and Tyreek might have 3 TDs against this soft secondary.
Week 13 @ San Francisco – Trey Lance takes over the 49ers and Kyle Shanahan is poised to make a postseason boat ride. Going on the road this late in the season has added pressure and this NFC Opponent has some studs on both sides of the ball, as former 49ers assistant and current Dolphins head coach Mike Daniels knows all too well.
Week 14 @ Chargers – Justin Herbert is a beast in the NFL and will be for many years to come. This AFC matchup features some fast offenses and possibly some of the best secondaries in the game. Grab your popcorn Miami fans as this will be electric.
Week 15 @ Buffalo – Bills welcome the Dolphins for the round 2 matchup in this AFC East clash and Tua will need to get 1 win against this squad if there is to be legitimate talk about this Miami team.
Week 16 vs Green Bay – Aaron Rodgers and the Packers fly to Florida and will try to carve out a W with this new receiving group as Davante Adams and Valdez-Scantling joined other teams in the offseason. Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon form one of the best backfields in the NFL so the Dolphins linebackers better prepare for some tough tackles and coverage assignments.
Week 17 @ New England – Round 2 as the Dolphins travel to Foxborough to take on the Patriots in the house of Robert Kraft. This late-season AFC matchup will be crucial to playoff hopes as the season comes to an end after 1 more game – which happens to be in the AFC as well. Tyreek’s speed should be pivotal this late in the season as the wear and tear adds up for most of the league.
Week 18 vs Jets – Final game of the season is an at home bash against an inferior opponent who might have their inconsistent, young QB back from injury in Zach Wilson, as he will take a lot of hits this season behind that soft offensive line. The Dolphins lined up a possibly perfect ending to collect a final AFC win for postseason play and even if Mike Daniels hasn’t gotten this team playoff eligible then a final win is always nice.
Past, Present & Future – New England Patriots
Previously on the New England Patriots…
10-7 with a nice, crispy, delicious, butt whooping by the Buffalo Bills in the Wild Card. BUT HEY THEY GOT 1 AGAINST THEM BILLS IN THE WIND BOWL AND MAC JONES ONLY THREW THE BALL 3 TIMES PATRIOTS WIN BILL BELICHICK BABY! But then they come back and hand the Patriots their worst postseason loss under Belichick’s tenure, womp womp. When compared to the Tom Brady era this would be a massive letdown season, but they went out and beat the Jets twice, so it’s not Armageddon.
Mac Jones did fairly well in Year 1, PRO BOWLER, although it looked like he had the arm of a 17-year vet at times. Damian Harris was banged up again and again putting on a medium sauce campaign while Kendrick Bourne scrapped together the only modest receiver campaign to mention. We didn’t even have the chance to see Nelson Agholor drop balls because Bill never unleashed the air game as he never seemed comfortable opening up the playbook behind Mac’s mild sauce arm. Don’t forget Agholor just made 11 million last season and you have to hope they figure this workload to paycheck ratio out. I’m still waiting for this Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry combo at tight end to take off. Matthew Judon, PRO BOWLER, should have been a Patriot years ago as he seamlessly became a key player for the defense, even acting as part-time GM on Twitter trying to recruit players. How Jalen Mills got paid 4 years, 24 million by the Patriots baffles me so much but he played solidly his first year, although everything will be magnified as his Patriots career goes on since they let Stephon Gilmore and JC Jackson walk. Losing twice to the Dolphins, especially by a late fumble by Damian Harris in the season opener, is showing how times have changed in the AFC East. Patriots beat the Bills in horrible weather but then were pumped for a loss at home 3 weeks later and again by an even worse differential in the wild card where they never stood a chance. A losing record was more or less predicted for the Patriots coming into the season so they can look to the strong showings they have had with the youth.
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Not Josh McDaniel’s as he assumes head coaching duties of the Las Vegas Raiders in the offseason, taking Brandon Bolden with him. Neither is N’Keal Harry who finds a new home in Chicago and has already injured himself for the season. JC Jackson got paid heavily by the Chargers to go from blue to baby blue jerseys and they replaced him with Super Bowl hero and 1-year out of football Malcolm Butler who didn’t even make it out of training camp after suffering a season-ending injury. They had another weird draft where they took a projected 3rd round lineman in the 1st whose named Cole Strange. You just know he’s going to find his way onto the line, play well, and hopefully stay past Year 4. Pierre Strong Jr., selected in the 5th round, should eventually take over James White role if Rhomondre Stevenson can’t absorb those reps.
Devante Parker from the Dolphins is now a Patriot and this could be the jazz the Patriots need to really get their offense clicking. When healthy, Parker can easily be a clear #1 option which would open things up a bit for the Henry/Smith tight end combo or even Agholor/Bourne. Trent Brown is healthy and sliding back to the left tackle position where he plays his best. Devin McCourty is still on the team as the seasoned vet maintains the safety positions with Kyle Duggar who is a young dog on this defense.
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I highly doubt the Patriots have that Super Bowl team figured out this year as the offense could use some identity and the defense could use some more playmaking as sacks and turnovers were few and far between. The AFC is really stacked, and the Patriots have the unfortunate luck of playing the Super Bowl favorites twice this season, home and away at Buffalo. This is a tough schedule that features a lot of quality AFC and NFC opponents. The win total is 8.5 and a Super Bowl pays +4000.
Week 1 @ Miami – Tua has Tyreek Hill and some other new teammates as well as a new coach to help him against the Patriots in winning some AFC games. Opening the season in Miami is not ideal but Mac Jones and the offense will have their hands full against this stout secondary.
Week 2 @ Pittsburgh – At Pittsburgh to face the resurging Steelers who will have a QB competition going on after Big Ben retired. Patriots are very familiar with Tomlin and this game will be an entertaining one for sure as both teams try to get points against some iffy defenses.
Week 3 vs Baltimore – At home vs Lamar Jackson in his contract year. Mac Jones should hope he’s figured out the offense by now because the Ravens defense should not pose much of a threat unless Mac struggles. Lamar could easily just call game on this too and score 5 touchdowns himself.
Week 4 @ Green Bay – Aaron Rodgers at home vs the Patriots does not bode well for Bill Belichick and his crew who appear to be outmatched by this NFC powerhouse. Packers have an incredible backfield in Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon, so Matthew Judon is going to have his hands full trying to cover them and pressure Rodgers at the same time.
Week 5 vs Detroit – This could be the comfortable win the Patriots need as the Lions are still looking for answers on defense while their offense continues to develop. If the Patriots give anything less than their A game though the Lions will drive the ball down the field behind their young talent and take this game away from Belichick.
Week 6 @ Cleveland – Deshaun Watson is still suspended and the Browns are still the Browns. Should be a comfortable road win unless Myles Garret has himself a night.
Week 7 vs Chicago – Definitely an easy win as Justin Fields continues to struggle behind this weak offense. Not much hope can be seen on the Chicago defense as well, as even Roquan Smith wants out of there. Patriots should have figured it out by now and win by 10
Week 8 @ Jets – Here we go, first matchup vs Zach Wilson and the green gang. Nobody wants to lose to the Jets – especially if you are the Patriots.
Week 9 vs Indianapolis – In a wild turn of events, Matt Ryan takes over this stacked Colts team and will travel to Foxborough to try to get some kind of revenge after the Patriots amazing comeback in his only Super Bowl trip. This Colts squad is well stacked offensively and defensively so this could get ugly early if the Patriots cannot keep their composure.
Week 10 BYE
Week 11 vs NY Jets – Round 2 vs the New York green gang and this time it’s at home in Foxborough. A huge win against the Jets would be great for the fan base depending on how the previous NFC matchups have gone. To have a winning record by this point would be huge.
Week 12 @ Minnesota – On the road to the cold north to face Kirk Cousins and his spoils at wide receiver with Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson. Devin McCourty better be ready because he is going to have a long game trying to contain those 2 while keeping an eye on Dalvin Cook.
Week 13 vs Buffalo – Round 1 matchup vs Josh Allen and the Bills who open the season as Super Bowl favorites.
Week 14 @ Arizona – Kyler Murray welcomes Mac Jones and the gang to Arizona in what looks to be an offensive beatdown as Deandre Hopkins should be back from suspension. Mac should be able to put up a decent game and maybe get a nice road win that the New England squad desperately needs.
Week 15 @ Las Vegas – Derek Carr welcomes the Patriots back to the West Coast in consecutive weeks against tough NFC teams. This one has a little more juice to it as former Patriots assistant coach Josh McDaniels takes over the Raiders in his second stint at head coach. His team is pretty solid already and he’s done a great job at molding the group for the season.
Week 16 vs Cincinnati – Joe Burrow is never an easy opponent and this late in the season with so many playoff implications on the line, you have to expect the Bengals are trying to win big to get those much-needed AFC wins. The Bengals are stacked pretty well at every position but it’s their d-line of Trey Hendrickson and Sam Hubbard that will cause the most destruction to the Patriots plans.
Week 17 vs Miami – Round 2 vs Tua and every win possible would be great to close out the season in two weeks. Especially if they lost the first one, then they’re trying to avoid the sweep.
Week 18 @ Buffalo – To make matters more important, the Bills hopefully haven’t won the first game, as this also could be an AFC East sweep, unless the Patriots can hunker down and endure the storm.
Past, Present & Future – New York Jets
Previously on the New York Jets…
4-13, but hey you beat Joe Burrow that one time! Okay, playoffs were a long shot, but this season was easily forgettable and almost recommended after not even getting 1 divisional win. The consistency at which the New York Jets try to field a competitive team and not only fall short but also have their young, talented players fizzle out is incredible. Zach Wilson did what he could and showed some nice skill, but he had no chance this season behind that offense, coming nowhere close to breaking 3500+ passing yards for the year which was his passing total at most sportsbooks. Mekhi Becton is out of shape, on the roster bubble, and just might be the only 2020 pick left on the roster. I guess one bright spot was the offensive-line finished with above average honors and if Becton can figure himself out, they will develop nicely with Zach. (Edit: Yikes). Not developing nicely is the defense as they finished 32nd, last place in the NFL, in overall defense while averaging 29.1 points against.
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Zach Wilson enters his 2nd season not only sporting more muscle and zip on the ball but also amid rumors of hooking up with his ex-gf’s, mom’s best friend. I kid you not, the mom filmed herself instructing a spin class with her best friend and even made a funny comment about “getting the bad out.” But I digress, Zach looks to capitalize on the offseason spending by the Jets and build a better sophomore campaign behind a better, more experienced O-line. Corey Davis arrives from Tennessee to take over WR1 duties from Elijah Moore… maybe, Tyler Conklin and C.J. Uzomah plug up the TE position… maybe, and Jordan Whitehead heads north from Tampa Bay to help a secondary that desperately needs his expertise and manpower. Jermaine Johnson and Sauce Gardner are your 1st round draft picks who should have immediate impacts. Jermaine Johnson has one helluva motor and is a warrior on the defensive line, while Sauce Gardner comes with major confidence and skill to the cornerback position as he looks to establish himself early after an amazing collegiate career. Sauce just instantly reminds you of Deion “Primetime” Sanders with his skill and confidence, so much that you hope he shines. Jermaine is a physical freak that should team up nicely with Quinnen Williams to wreak havoc on opposing offenses. As I stated earlier the defense needed EVERYTHING improved and they went out and did just that via the draft and free agency. Sheldon Rankins helps plug up the middle as the defensive tackle signs from New Orleans, Vinny Curry from the Eagles joins veteran CJ Mosley at the linebacker spot, and Carl Lawson adds more depth from Cincinnati.
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You open the season taking on every AFC North team in the first 4 weeks, so we are really going to see what this team is made of by Week 5. That is tough for any team in the league but its somehow poetic that they scheduled these games in this manner. The Jets first clash against a divisional opponent will be at home against Miami in Week 5, and this will be especially interesting since Miami has upgraded over the offseason and look better than ever behind new coach Mike McDaniel. Then on the road for two tough games at Green Bay and Denver. If the Jets somehow enter Week 8 with 2 or more wins, then I will be properly impressed but otherwise I’m expecting the Jets to barely scrap together 1 win out of these weeks – or go 0-7. The win total is set at 5.5 and a Super Bowl win would pay +15000.
Week 1 vs Baltimore – Big loss as Lamar will host Joe Flacco who fills in for an injured Zach Wilson. Ravens defense can be exploited, and Joe has looked really well when given the shot. Maybe a big win.
Week 2 @ Cleveland – No Deshaun Watson who will be serving his 11-game suspension and the Jets have a real chance to get a win here if they can provide any sort of protection for Joe. Myles Garret is a beast but that secondary around him is good too and the Dawg Pound will be crazy.
Week 3 vs Cincinnati – Joe Burrow vs Joe Flacco. Bengals defense is pretty freakin good too, so Flacco is going to have his hands full even if his o-line holds Trey Hendrickson and Sam Hubbard at bay. The Jets secondary better be ready to run a lot as Ja’Marr Chase & Tee Higgins team up to form a great combo at the wide receiver position.
Week 4 @ Pittsburgh – Steelers are going through a slight rebuild and will depend on the hot hand at quarterback to get them some wins. If the Jets defense can hold and Joe Flacco stays away from TJ Watt, there’s a nice chance for a road win here.
Week 5 vs Miami – Tua has a new coach in Mike Daniels, and a new weapon in Tyreek Hill as they look to establish a name in the AFC East. The Jets are going to have a tough time containing all this speed but if they are going to have a shot, Zach Wilson has to be lights out after returning from injury.
Week 6 @ Green Bay – Aaron Rodgers may have lost Davante Adams, but he still has Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon who will bulldoze their way through the Jets defense on this road test. I just don’t see much light for the Jets here.
Week 7 @ Denver – New coach Nathanial Hackett is joined by new quarterback Russell Wilson as this upgraded Broncos team will welcome the inferior Jets openly. The Broncos secondary is pretty stacked so if the Jets get behind at all in this game, it will be nearly impossible for a comeback.
Week 8 vs New England – Round 1 vs Mac Jones and Bill Belichick who have a new offense with no guidance as Josh McDaniels cuts out to Las Vegas. The Patriots are never an easy game, and the Jets hope to get at least 1 win against their longtime rivals.
Week 9 vs Buffalo – Josh Allen enters the season as MVP favorite AND the favorite to win the Super Bowl. This Buffalo team is really stacked on offense and defense and the Jets better hope to stay afloat in this blowout.
Week 10 BYE
Week 11 @ New England – Round 2 and in enemy territory late in the season. It will be chilly and possibly snowing for this game.
Week 12 vs Chicago – C’mon, the Jets have a better squad than Chicago and this could be the one game the Jets for sure have to win. Justin Fields is the only talent worth noting and the defense is struggling without any key players.
Week 13 @ Minnesota – This could get really ugly as Kirk Cousins could throw for 500+ yards against the Jets with Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen who team up to form and incredible 1-2 aerial punch.
Week 14 @ Buffalo – Round 2 matchup and on the road to the great white north in late winter is not ideal. Josh Allen should be on his way to a Super Bowl at this point so the Jets can expect a thrashing.
Week 15 vs Detroit – This could be another win right here! The Lions are motivated but still lack the star power to remain relevant in this league. Enter the Jets who should match up well against them.
Week 16 vs Jacksonville – Oh man, Trevor Lawrence could do bad things to this team as they travel south for a Week 16 slam fest. Jacksonville went out and spent a lot of money in free agency so this new team should have gelled by now.
Week 17 @ Seattle – Easy wins are rarely discussed for the Jets but this one could be a nice, easy road win if the defense can hold well against this ineffective offense.
Week 18 @ Miami – Final game of the season and against a rival AFC East opponent. Both could be on the outside of the playoffs here which could force this into more of a pride game.