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Will Heartbreak Befall Jets Again in 2016?

The New York Jets were expected to be a bottom-feeder last year, but they surprised everyone by remaining in playoff contention until the last week of the season. The Jets were two defeats to the Bills short of being the No. 1 seed in the AFC East, and they ended up missing the postseason altogether as a result. Such is life for fans of the gang green.

The biggest storyline for Todd Bowles’ crew heading into the 2016 campaign was uncertainty under center. Ryan Fitzpatrick, the team’s starting quarterback in 2015, threw for 3,905 yards in a 31 touchdown, 15 interception performance. The veteran also boasted a solid quarterback rating of 88.

In a bitter contract dispute that lasted months, Fitzpatrick and the Jets finally agreed to a two-year deal in late July. Despite last year’s success, there are still a lot of question marks across the rest of the roster, and oddsmakers aren’t expecting much from the J-E-T-S in 2016.

Here’s a look at their odds for this season:

Super Bowl +5000

At Bovada, the Jets have the 19th best odds to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in February. Keep in mind, though, they were listed at +10000 before Week 1 in 2015. A lot of people slept on them last year, and it’s clearly happening again this time around. With that said, I’d be lying to you if I told you I was pumped you got your Jets Super Bowl bet in.

AFC Champion +2800

The Jets haven’t represented the AFC in the big game since Joe Namath was handling quarterback duties in the Big Apple. They’ll be in tough to get back there in 2016, as teams like the Patriots, Steelers, Colts, Bengals and Broncos will be vying for the banner. Heartbreak was bestowed on them in 2015, and if they can sneak into the playoffs they’ll have no shortage of motivation to make a run.

AFC East +500

The AFC East, a.k.a. New England’s playground, has been a one team show in the last decade and a half. The 2008 Dolphins are the only squad to wrangle the honor from the Patriots, and that was the year Tom Brady was sidelined with season-ending knee surgery in Week 1. While Brady will miss the Pats’ first four contests, it would be a bold prediction to suggest any other AFC East team will emerge triumphant in 2016.

Win total - 8

New York’s 10 win campaign was incredibly surprising, and Fitzpatrick is the reason why. It seems both sides have settled their disagreements, so the offense should pick up where it left off with the signal-caller back in the fold. An 8-8 record is believable, but a shot on the OVER here is more likely.

Brandon Marshall (+3300) for most receiving yards

When it comes to prop value, star wide receiver Brandon Marshall is the best option to lead the NFL in receiving yards. At +3300, Marshall is behind a lot of big names, but he’s got the experience and talent to necessary to win the esteemed award. Marshall has a great rapport with Fitzpatrick, and he’s distanced himself from his past issues that plagued him early in his career. The 32-year-old posted a career-high 12 touchdowns in 2015, and he’s in fine form to eclipse that number.