While we all have an opinion on what the 2012/13 Jets record will be, Las Vegas (Cantor Gaming) has already provided the point-spread/betting-line for weeks 1-16 in the NFL.
You’re not supposed to make predictions in May but what fun would that be? Here are some predictions based on the current lines for all the Jets games, week 17’s line is estimated. Note: This is for recreational purposes (fun) only and the author retains the right to change his mind and/or opinion at anytime.
Week 1: Sunday, September 9, 1:00pm:
- Buffalo Bills (+5.5) at New York Jets
Can you be a “sleeper” team if everyone predicts you as a “sleeper” team? Well the Bills are the off-season “flavor of the month” as they actually spent money and got some players. While they’ll be formidable, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 23 interceptions in 2011 (most in the league) and the Jets defense made him look like a guy that never put on a uniform before in Buffalo last year.
Prediction: Bills improved defense keeps it close, Bills – lose/cover; 17-13.
Week 2: Sunday, September 16, 4:15pm:
- New York Jets (+4.5) at Pittsburgh Steelers
Don’t think you’ll be seeing any cover-zero against Tebow this go around. The Steelers are in transition but often still find away to be an elite team. Tough road spot for the Jets as Ben Roethlisberger will still be healthy this early in the season.
Prediction: Jets lose a close one late, Jets – lose/cover; 20-24.
Week 3: Sunday, September 23, 1:00pm:
- New York Jets (+1) at Miami Dolphins
The Jets look to erase last year’s debacle in south Florida. The Dolphins are 33rd in my power rankings, had to add an imaginary team, that’s how bad they are. Can’t wait for the owner Stephen Ross to say stupid things on “Hard Knocks” and just think no one wants to play for him now.
Prediction: Jets soak-up the victory, win/cover; 31-21.
Week 4: Sunday, September 30, 1:00pm:
- San Francisco 49ers (+1) at New York Jets
This game will be an ugly defensive slugfest with the team making the least mistakes wining. TGIML (in Met-Life) the 9ers have to travel east for a one o’clock game that usually spells trouble for the road team.
Prediction: Jets hold their own in a tight game, win/cover; 13-9.
Week 5: Monday, October 8, 8:30pm:
- Houston Texans (PICK) at New York Jets
Another conference favorite with a top defense but the Jets own Houston having never lost to them (5-0). Just can’t see beating top contenders back-to-back weeks.
Prediction: Houston is too deep, Texans – win/cover; 13-21.
Week 6: Sunday, October 14, 1:00pm:
- Indianapolis Colts (+7.5) at New York Jets
Andrew Luck can run all the “Y bananas” per Jon Gruden he wants. The Jets will end up splitting him as Ryan/Pettine throw blitzes never seen at Stanford plus Dwight Freeney playing linebacker?
Prediction: Jets are simple better, win/cover; 27-9.
Week 7: Sunday, October 21, 4:15pm:
- New York Jets (+8) at New England Patriots
The Pats gained some new offensive weapons, like they needed them, and added players via free agency/draft to improve one of the worst defenses from 2011. This game will be tight or a blow-out.
Prediction: Blow-out, Patriots – win/cover; 6-37.
Week 8: Sunday, October 28, 1:00pm:
- Miami Dolphins (+4.5) at New York Jets
Ryan Tannehill should start by now but he’ll be meeting the Met-Life turf mostly, Wife Lauren better get the ice-packs ready. Rex Ryan will throw everything and a kitchen sink, yes he’ll bring a sink and throw it, at Tannehill.
Prediction: Jets “squish the fish”, win/cover; 34-9.
Week 10: Sunday, November 11, 4:05pm:
- New York Jets (+1.5) at Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks are very mediocre but always tough to play at home (10-7) including a playoff win over the past two seasons. Jets come off a bye week, which should help the cross country journey, but were 2-6 on the road last year.
Prediction: Jets put up a stinker, Seahawks – win/cover; 10-24.
Week 11: Sunday, November 18, 1:00pm:
- New York Jets (-3) at St. Louis Rams
The Jets see their old QB Kellen Clemens in this game as Sam Bradford is injured again thanks to the Rams poor offensive line. Our friend Brian Schottenheimer has Clemens drop-back 60 times and he gets knocked down 40.
Prediction: Rams turnover fest, Jets – win/cover; 31-10.
Week 12: Thursday, November 22, 8:20pm:
- New England Patriots (-5) at New York Jets
The schedule makers love to stick it to the Jets. Last year the Jets played home Sunday night then traveled to Denver (95 yard Tebow drive) for a Thursday night game. Pats get Week 10/11 home games after their bye while Jets get to go to Seattle then St. Louis before a Thursday/Thanksgiving day match-up against their division rival. Bill Belichick had no problem stopping Tebow in the playoffs even with his terrible defense.
Prediction: Patriots offense too much to overcome, Pats – win/cover; 17-27.
Week 13: Sunday, December 2, 1:00pm:
- Arizona Cardinals (+6.5) at New York Jets
A warm weather team travels across most of the country to frigid Met-Life. Perhaps the “Fordham Flash” John Skelton can will his way to victory or maybe not?
Prediction: On a late garbage touchdown, Cardinals – lose/cover; 17-13.
Week 14: Sunday, December 9, 1:00pm:
- New York Jets (-3.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars
The stands will be packed for this one, with green number 15 jerseys. No one knows if the fans will cheer for the Jags, Jets or just Tebow? Chad Henne starts because Blaine Gabbert got benched for completing 42% of his passes.
Prediction: Respectable early but Jets pull away late, Jets – win/cover; 27-13.
Week 15: Monday, December 17, 8:30pm:
- New York Jets (PICK) at Tennessee Titans
The winner may have the inside track to the playoffs. This’ll be a bite your finger nails down to the cuticles kind of game.
Prediction: Titans win/cover in overtime; 20-23.
Week 16: Sunday, December 23, 8:20pm:
- San Diego Chargers (+2.5) at New York Jets
“Merry Christmas” Norv, as Rex and company deliver some holiday cheer. You know Norv Turner will screw it up no matter what the Chargers record, besides they hate the cold.
Prediction: Jets – win/cover; 27-17.
Week 17: Sunday, December 30, 1:00pm:
- New York Jets (-1.5, best guess) at Buffalo Bills
Talk about polar opposites (week 1/17); Bills realize Ryan Fitzpatrick is junk and start Vince Young who keeps it close.
Prediction: Bills – lose/cover; 21-20.