Cantor Gaming, arguably one of the most respected sportsbooks in Las Vegas, has released its highly anticipated NFL season win totals. According to Cantor the New York Jets are slated for a rough year, with their win total set at 6.5 wins (Under -115). New York is at +6000 Odds to win the AFC Championship and +10000 Odds to win Super Bowl XLVIII.
When the Jets traded a fourth- and sixth-round pick to Denver for quarterback Tim Tebow on March 21 they went from a high-profile team with outspoken coach Rex Ryan to a media sensation. The attention created a circus-like atmosphere and made the ups and downs of an injury-prone squad seem more dramatic. But in reality, the two biggest events of the season were cornerback Darrelle Revis' ACL tear in Week 3 and receiver Santonio Holmes' Lisfranc injury in Week 4. The Jets' season hit a bottom on Thanksgiving Night when they lost 49-19 to the Patriots and America was introduced to the "butt-fumble" -- when Sanchez lost the ball after running into the backside of offensive lineman Brandon Moore.
New York has replaced its general manager and both coordinators after that 6-10 season that included three straight losses to close out the season and a feeling of disarray surrounding the franchise. Marty Mornhinweg will attempt to change the offense from its ground-and-pound philosophy to a more open, passer-friendly attack. Dennis Thurman -- the new defensive coordinator -- spent last season as the team's secondary coach. He'll be tasked with shoring up a front that was near the bottom of the league in rushing yards allowed.
The Jets need skill players in the worst way. As much as the offense became a laughing-stock, the O-line was actually one of the best in the NFL according to ProFootballFocus.com. The problem was the ineffectiveness of quarterback Mark Sanchez, running back Shonn Greene and a host of middling wide receivers.
Releasing veterans Bart Scott (linebacker), Calvin Pace (linebacker) and Jason Smith (offensive lineman) and restructuring the contracts of almost all their high-cost veterans will help the Jets chip away at their salary-cap problem. Scott won't be missed after several public gaffes -- including calling out the fans after their Thanksgiving Day loss -- and several plays where his lack of speed in coverage cost them dearly.
Typically this is when Ryan starts talking Super Bowl, but with Idzik in control and Tebow gone, a quieter version of the Jets will head to training camp. With salary-cap constraints, Idzik will take a more measured approach to team-building and the Jets won't make any more splashy signings. The Jets could enter camp with three quarterbacks having a bona fide chance to win the starting job. Sanchez will likely compete with a journeyman veteran like Moore or Chad Henne
Jets fans are going to have to buy a program in the preseason because Idzik will make several cuts as he cleans up the mess left by former general manager Mike Tannenbaum. Ryan will never admit it, but this has to be a rebuilding year.
2013 schedule (all times ET)
Sept. 8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m.
Sept. 12 at New England Patriots, 8:25 p.m.
Sept. 22 Buffalo Bills, 4:25 p.m.
Sept. 29 at Tennessee Titans, 4:05 p.m.
Oct. 7 at Atlanta Falcons, 8:40 p.m.
Oct. 13 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.
Oct. 20 New England Patriots, 1 p.m.
Oct. 27 at Cincinnati Bengals, 4:05 p.m.
Nov. 3 New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m.
Nov. 10 BYE
Nov. 17 at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
Nov. 24 at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
Dec. 1 Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
Dec. 8 Oakland Raiders, 1 p.m.
Dec. 15 at Carolina Panthers,4:05 p.m.
Dec. 22 Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.
Dec. 29 at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
Pick: Clearly rebuilding in New York this year and up against a very tough schedule i do not see them coming up with 7 wins this year. Look for another 6-10 season by them.
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