2022 NFL preview: New York Jets futures, Super Bowl odds, predictions and best bets
It’s now been over a decade since the New York Jets last secured a place in the NFL playoffs. They have had the longest playoff drought in the entire league right now, and by some distance. However, things are somewhat beginning to look up for New York. Their rookies from last year showed plenty of promise, and their draft class this year received plenty of praise from fans and analysts alike. Could this finally be the year that the Jets start moving in a promising direction?
New York Jets breakdown
2021 record: 4-13
2021 ATS record: 6-11
2021 O/U record: 10-7
Key players in: Tyler Conklin (TE), C.J. Uzomah (TE), Greg Zuerlein (K), Jordan Whitehead (S), Solomon Thomas (DT)
Key players out: Keelan Cole (WR), Jamison Crowder (WR), Ryan Griffin (TE), Tyler Kroft (TE)
2022 Draft class: Sauce Gardner (CB), Garrett Wilson (WR), Jermaine Johnson II (DE), Breece Hall (RB), Jeremy Ruckert (TE), Max Mitchell (OT), Michael Clemons (DE)
New York Jets 2022 NFL season odds
Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook
New York Jets Super Bowl Odds
The Jets have +13000 odds to win Super Bowl 57 with DraftKings Sportsbook, which is tied-9th for the biggest odds in the NFL.
New York Jets AFC Championship Odds
The Jets are +7500 to win the AFC, with only the Houston Texans having larger odds.
New York Jets AFC East Odds
The Jets are huge underdogs to win the AFC East at +2200. The favorites for the division are the Bills at -225, while the Dolphins are +450 and the Patriots are +500.
New York Jets win total odds
The Jets have -165 odds to win over 5.5 games in the 2022 NFL season, while under 5.5 wins carries +135 odds. If you like the Jets to make it to the playoffs, then you can get them at +700 odds.
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New York Jets Schedule 2022
vs Baltimore Ravens, September 11
at Cleveland Browns, September 18
vs Cincinnati Bengals, September 25
at Pittsburgh Steelers, October 2
vs Miami Dolphins, October 9
at Green Bay Packers, October 16
at Denver Broncos, October 23
vs New England Patriots, October 30
vs Buffalo Bills, November 6
at New England Patriots, November 20
vs Chicago Bears, November 27
at Minnesota Vikings, December 4
at Buffalo Bills, December 11
vs Detroit Lions, December 18
vs Jacksonville Jaguars, December 22
at Seattle Seahawks, January 1
at Miami Dolphins, January 7/8
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New York Jets 2021 season recap
Last year was another rough one for the Jets, but there were at least some signs of progress. New York got off to a 2-8 start, but bizarrely those two victories came against AFC No. 1 seed Tennessee and Super Bowl runners-up Cincinnati. While they were downright horrific in some games, the Jets showed some reasons for optimism through rookie receiver Elijah Moore and rookie running back Michael Carter. Both of those players made a terrific transition from college to pro football, and bolstered New York’s offensive output significantly.
Quarterback Zach Wilson was unconvincing at times, especially in the first half of the season, but did show some improvement after returning from injury in the latter stages. He threw 9 interceptions in his first 5 starts, but then went without throwing a turnover in the last 5 games of the season. How Wilson has developed over the summer and how he performs in year 2 will be pivotal to New York’s success.
The Jets wrapped up the 2021 season with a 4-13 record, and it awaits to be seen whether the youth in the Jets’ squad can live up to their potential.
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New York Jets 2022 NFL season predictions
It’s rare that the Jets get an easy start to a season, and 2022 appears to be no different. New York will start their 2022 campaign by playing all 4 AFC North teams in a row, and after a home game against the Dolphins, they then run the gauntlet against the Packers, Broncos, Patriots and Bills. If the Jets do indeed want to finally end their run of not reaching the playoffs, then they will have to pick up wins in a number of those games. However, it isn’t an ideal situation when they are still such a young team with a bunch of rookies being given a baptism of fire.
How New York performs prior to their bye will make or break their season, and unfortunately for them, it feels like they still have too many roster issues to truly take them seriously. Wilson cut down the turnovers towards the end of last season but was still making very basic errors and missing easy throws. If he doesn’t hit the ground running, then the likes of the Ravens, Steelers and Dolphins will make him pay for it.
Things do get easier towards the end of the year for the Jets, with games against the Bears, Lions, Jaguars and Seahawks among their final 7 matchups. By that point, Garrett Wilson and Breece Hall should have firmly settled into the NFL, and games against some weaker defenses will prove vital to their development for the future. Unfortunately for New York, that’s about as exciting as it’s likely to get. It’s hard to see this team reaching the playoffs, and it will likely be another year of building for the future.
Best bet: New York Jets under 5.5 wins (+135)
All things considered, getting the Jets to win 5 games or less this season looks a steal at +135 odds. New York is very likely to begin 0-3 with defeats projected against the Ravens, Browns (if Deshaun Watson plays) and Bengals. They could sneak wins against the Steelers and Dolphins, but even then that is far from a sure thing. To then play the Packers and Broncos on the road before tough divisional matchups against the Patriots and Bills, it would be a surprise if New York is better than 2-7 heading into their bye week.
If that is the case, then they will need to go 4-3 to close out the season. Admittedly that is possible given some of the teams they are coming up against, but by that point the season will once again be dead in the water and an uphill battle for head coach Robert Saleh to overcome. At plus-money odds, the New York Jets to post under 5.5 wins looks to be the best bet for the 2022 season.
New York Jets season record predictions
Somewhat tied in to the above best bet, we’re projecting the Jets to go 5-12 this season.
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