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Can the Jets Go From Worst to First in 2018? Pro Football Weekly Discusses Their Chances

There’s been plenty of buzz around the Jets since the NFL Draft nearly two weeks ago, as many think that the turnaround for the team will be swift, and not the long drawn out process that it’s taken for the team to start winning.

Today Pro Football Weekly’s Eric Edholm put out an article ranking all eight last place teams from the 2017 season, and if there’s a chance they can make it all the way to first place in 2018.

According to the article, the Jets have the WORST shot to unseat the Pats for the Division title in 2018 – a feat that won’t come easy.

8. New York Jets (5-11)

The story is that this was a fairly plucky and competitive team last season. They had two truly bad losses (45-20 to the Raiders in Week 2, 23-0 to the Broncos in Week 14) and a lot of close games (3-6 in games decided by eight points or fewer). The Jets were 2-4 in the division, beat three playoff teams and should have beaten the Patriots in Week 6.

However, the reality is that they’re facing overtaking the most dominant team in the past 18 seasons. New England isn’t giving up this division throne easily, not with Tom Brady and a big chunk of offensive firepower back for another run.

Todd Bowles coached extremely well most of last season, especially after the 0-2 start. He saved his job and almost won at New Orleans with Bryce Petty at QB most of the game. But Bowles will be under pressure and could be coaching for his job again. How long does he stick with Josh McCown? Will any of their draft picks — namely Sam Darnold — offer major Year 1 contributions?

The schedule does the Jets few favors, too, with three of the first four on the road and a tricky post-bye slate: both Patriots games, three of the final five on the road, plus home games vs. Deshaun Watson and Aaron Rodgers back to back.


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