The New York Jets are showing signs of turning the corner this season. They have a young but talented roster that can help bring them back to football relevance. The Jets are no laughing stock anymore. But while the Jets have the roster to compete against any team, their inexperience may cost them a playoff spot for 2022-23 in the hotly-contested AFC.
Quarterback Zach Wilson leads the Jets’ core lineup. The targets around him have vastly improved, this year starting with Breece Hall and Michael Carter at running back. Their receiving unit also has promising players like Elijah Moore, Corey Davis, and Garrett Wilson. Tyler Conklin has emerged as their starting tight end, and the Jets also have Duane Brown, Alijah Vera-Tucker, and Laken Tomlinson on the offensive line.
On the other side of the ball, their pass rush starts with defensive tackle Quinnen Williams and defensive end Carl Lawson. Jermaine Johnson is also delivering some solid performances for their cause. Kwon Alexander, C.J. Mosley, and Quincy Williams are their top linebackers, while the Jets’ defensive secondary has playmakers like Jordan Whitehead, D.J. Reed, and Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner.
Greg Zuerlein is placekicker for the Jets on special teams and Braden Mann is their punter, while Braxton Berrios is their return specialist.
Long preseason odds to go all the way show us how NFL betting markets feel about the Jets, however they could be worth a look in-game due to their talented squad who are more than capable of causing a few upsets on their day. The Jets will manifest tremendous improvement and should win more games compared to last year, but it might not be enough to play beyond the regular season.
The Jets won three of their first five games to kick off the 2022 NFL season. That’s a significant achievement, considering they only had four last year and two the previous year.
They are staying in games and winning close battles, which is not seen from the squad last season. At this rate, they are going in the right direction in ending their playoff drought, which stretches from 2011.
Originally known as the Titans of New York, the Jets were established in 1959 as an original member of the American Football League. They changed to their current name in 1963. The franchise won the 1968 AFL Championship and Super Bowl III in an upset over the heavily-favored Baltimore Colts.
Since then, they have played in four more AFC Championship games but never returned to the Super Bowl. The Jets had consecutive trips to the AFC title game in 2009 and 2010 but failed to make the playoffs in succeeding years.
The Jets play their home games at Metlife Stadium, which opened in 2010 and was formerly known as New Meadowlands Stadium. They share the stadium’s ownership with the New York Giants, and the venue can accommodate up to 82,500 people. The atmosphere is electric during games, and Jets fans dial up the noise, especially when they start their famous “J-E-T-S” chant.
The Jets have a New York city rivalry with the Giants, especially since they started sharing a stadium in 1984. But the low frequency of their games took some luster out of this contest. Still, the Giants lead their all-time series, 8-6, but the Jets won their last two meetings.
Other than the Giants, the Jets’ rivalries are with its fellow teams in the AFC East. The New England Patriots lead their all-time series, 71-54-1, and the Jets haven’t won against the Patriots since 2016.
Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills hold a 67-56 lead and won their last four meetings. The Jets’ rivalry with the Miami Dolphins is tighter, with Miami having a 57-56-1 edge. However, the Jets won their 2022 Week 5 showdown.