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New York Jets 2012 NFL Season Preview, Predictions

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New York Jets

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2011 record: 8-8 (Second in AFC East)

Fearless Forecast

  • Bucky Brooks

    Tim Tebow will eventually take over at quarterback, but his presence will not be enough to salvage a dismal offense that lacks playmakers at the skill positions.
    Prediction: 8-8, third in AFC East

  • Daniel Jeremiah

    Their quarterback situation gets all the attention, but the Jets have big holes in other areas of the roster. The offensive line is a major concern and they are very thin at receiver. The defense is no longer dominant enough to cover up for a mediocre offense.
    Prediction: 6-10, third in AFC East

  • Adam Schein

    You might have heard that the Jets traded for Tim Tebow. As we said after the trade, he will carry the ball 6-20 times via the Wildcat and be successful under new Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano. The Jets' defense will bounce back from last year's collapse and return to form under Rex Ryan.
    Prediction: 10-6, second in AFC East

  • Steve Wyche

    Lack of explosive players on offense plus a suspect offensive line will put too much pressure on the defense. It won't matter who's playing QB.
    Prediction: 6-10, third in AFC East

In The Spotlight
Mark Sanchez | #6 | QB

The man who said "this is my huddle" gets a chance to prove it. That means last year's dissention is fully in the rear-view mirror, and Tim Tebow’s presence is of no consequence when it comes to the starting QB job.

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3 Pivotal Games
Week 1 vs. Bills
A big game for both teams? You bet, especially with the Jets facing a brutal early schedule. A win would provide some quiet and calm (at least temporarily) to what has been a noisy year, even by Jets standards. But a vulnerable O-line will be tested.
Week 4 vs. 49ers
The 49ers play the kind of physical defense that Rex Ryan respects. This is a significant early benchmark for the Jets, who believe they could have the best defense in the game. Does the first team to double digits win?
Week 7 at Patriots
No secret to the Jets, the AFC East still goes through New England. Since these teams last met -- a Pats season sweep in 2011 -- Darrelle Revis has called Bill Belichick a "jerk" and said Tom Brady needs work on his "sportsmanship." Yes, there will be a lot of chatter leading up to this game. And during it.

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