Keep Expectations Low For Jets In 2017

The J-E-T-S are going to S-U-C-K.

Let’s not sugar-coat it, this team is in full rebuild mode. After going just 5-11 in 2016, the Jets organization cut plenty of dead-weight contracts and aging veterans with an eye toward the future. And man, that future is not coming any time soon. The Jets roster is barren in terms of proven talent and doesn’t feature many players with much in terms of upside.

Expect the Jets to field one of the worst offenses in the NFL this season. Look at that offensive depth chart and try not to either laugh or cry. You’re not winning in the NFL with Josh McCown or Christian Hackenberg at quarterback. The defense has some potential assuming Jamal Adams proves he was worth the sixth overall pick in the draft and Muhammad Wilkerson remembers that he is good at football. 

Anyhow, here are my thoughts on the Jets’ futures odds entering the 2017 NFL season.

Super Bowl +30,000

AFC Championship +10,000

AFC East +5000

Win Total – 4.5

Finally, something we can actually, realistically talk about. This is tied for the lowest season win total in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers.

The Jets have not posted a winning record within the AFC East since 2010, so they have three wins there at the absolute max. I feel like that might be too generous, though. Say the Jets manage to go 2-4 within the division, are there three more winnable games on their schedule?

Well, dates with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns and LA Rams all have the potential to see the Jets pick up a W. So, this Jets team squeaking out five wins and topping their win total is possible but everything would need to go right.

As sad as it is, the UNDER is probably the smart bet. Hell, this may be the year to bet the “Will a team go 0-16?” prop.

Todd Bowles To Be First Coach Fired - +350

Bowles is favored to be the first NFL coach axed this season and it’s easy to see why. After going 10-6 in his first season on the sideline, Bowles and the Jets tumbled to 5-11 in 2016. To make matters worse, Bowles enters a do-or-die season with a new offensive coordinator and new quarterbacks coach.

It’s hard to imagine another coach in the NFL who will be tossed aside as quickly as Bowles will be, especially considering how stacked the 2018 draft class will be at quarterback. Owner Woody Johnson wants to blow it all up and the last couple of steps to that process might be firing Bowles and drafting a franchise savior at quarterback.

Can you name a coach in recent memory who was in a worse position than Bowles heading into 2017? The expectations are low for Bowles but if the team finds itself losing to the likes of the Jags and Browns in Week 5 and 6 respectively, the sword of Damocles might fall.

2017 New York Jets Futures Odds
Market Odds
Super Bowl +30000
AFC Championship +10000
AFC East +5000
Win Total  4.5

Odds as of August 15 at Sportsbook