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Can the New York Jets Build—or Is It Another Rebuild?

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The New York Jets are 1-6 on the season. They have lost twice to the New England Patriots and once to Buffalo Bills, making them 0-3 in the division. Looking at the delicious bites on the menu of their second half schedule, they find three games against winless teams, two against the Miami Dolphins and one visiting the Cincinnati Bengals. Mixed into those three games through early December, they play the one-win Washington Redskins, the two-win New York Giants, and the three-win Oakland Raiders. Could they sweep, and find themselves in the playoff hunt at 7-6 in the season’s final month?

Sam Darnold came back from mononucleosis with a vengeance in a 24-22 upset win over the touted Dallas Cowboys, completing 23 of 32 for 338 yards and two touchdowns, including a 92-yard TD toss to Robby Anderson. Jamal Adams led the Jets D and prevented the Cowboys from tying the game in the closing seconds hurrying Dak Prescott into an incompletion on a two-point conversion attempt.

From the highs of their first win on the season, the Jets hit some lows against the undefeated Patriots in a 33-0 drubbing. Darnold was just 11 of 32 for 86 yards and four interceptions and an infinitesimal rating of 3.6. He never looked confident and could not set his feet to throw. Wearing a mic, he was captured saying that he was “seeing ghosts” as he surveyed the New England defense, particularly a cover-zero blitz package designed just for him. Le’Veon Bell had his best game of the season, if a modest success, running for 70 yards on 15 carries for an average of close to five yards per carry. Demaryius Thomas found little breathing room as Darnold’s best receiver, pulling in three passes for 42 yards.

Opening the following game in Jacksonville, the defense surrendered a 66-yard rip by Leonard Fournette on the second snap, but the offense picked up the pieces and went 93 yards on the ensuing 12-play drive to take a 7-6 lead on a 24-yard toss from Darnold to TE Ryan Griffin. But that was the acme for Gang Green. An interception led to a 70-yard touchdown from Gardner Minshew to Chris Conley. Griffin took another TD pass from Darnold to open the fourth quarter and tighten it to a one-score game at 22-15, but interceptions on the next two drives sealed the Jets’ fate and a 29-15 loss.

The Jets Week 9 Odds as Health is Becoming a Major Issue

But now the Jets get to face everybody’s “Get Right” team; the Miami Dolphins. With the Dolphins on the schedule, it may be time for the Jets to start correcting the ship. The Jets odds see them as favorites for their Week 9 game, with the Jets spread at -3.5 at the moment and a moneyline bet of -180. For those more interested in playing the total points, the Jets/Over Under for Week 9 is currently at 42.5. Not only is this a perfect time for the Jets to get back on track, but it might be the perfect time for Jets bettors to stop fading their hometown team and make some money off of a W for a change.

In the long run though, as the losses have piled up, the odds for the 2019 Jets took a nosedive: now a +40000 to win the Super Bowl, +25000 to win the AFC or the AFC East, and +1900 to make the playoff, -8000 to miss the playoffs. Injuries and personnel changes have also begun to pile up. Defensive lineman Leonard Williams, their first round pick in 2015, was shipped to the opposite locker room in Met Life Stadium to the Giants for two draft picks. Linebacker Albert McLellan was placed on IR with a concussion. Guard Kelechi Osemele was released amidst medical controversy. Center Ryan Kalil, LB CJ Mosley, and CB Trumaine Johnson, each a mainstay of his position grouping, are all dinged up and not practicing.

Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams seems to have star defensive back Jamal Adams hitting with the force Williams is known to love. The defensive line it still loaded with talent and rookie Quinnen Williams has flashed some of the speed and power that made him a high draft pick. Head Coach Adam Gase needs to settle the offense around Darnold. Le’Veon Bell should touch the ball more than the eight carries he had in Jacksonville. More scripted plays could allow more success for Darnold to set and throw to Thomas, Anderson, Jamison Crowder, Griffin, and the backs.

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