In our last two posts, Jay took a look at the first 12 games of the New York Jets 2012 NFL schedule. We now take a look at weeks 3-17 of the 2012 Jets season and see what it means for our beloved green and white. Can the New York Jets finish the season with a bang?
Week 13 –
Arizona Cardinals (home): I like this matchup. Last time these two teams met at the meadowlands, Eric Smith almost paralyzed Anquan Boldin. This late in the season I don’t see the Cards still having Beanie Wells and Kevin Kolb being still healthy on the team. Yea Wells did have a good season last year, but he is too injury prone to bet he will last that long into the season. This leaves one big weapon left. That’s of course their biggest weapon in Larry Fitzgerald. Revis and company will have to find a way to contain Fitzgerald so that the Cards will be forced to throw at Early Doucett. Without knowing who will be at the helm for the Cards, I don’t see gang green losing this one.
Week 14 –
Jacksonville Jaguars (away): This will be Tebow’s homecoming game as a Jet. I would not be shocked if you hear more cheers for Tebow than you would for the Jags themselves. Tebow is so loved down in Jacksonville that he can win the mayoral election there without having to campaign. With that being said, don’t be shocked to see Tebow at the helm for most of the game. Even with the recent signing of Chad Henne, The Jets will have to focus their attention to Maurice Jones-Drew. Regardless it’s the Jags, he is still a dangerous back. He will exploit the Jets defense if they don’t keep an eye on him. Might as well just chalk this game up as a mulligan.
Week 15 –
Tennessee Titans (away): This will be a game in which the Jets cannot underestimate their opponent especially if The Titans have a healthy Kenny Britt and Chris Johnson in beast mode. The Jets will have to rely heavily on their ground and pound early and often in this game as Tennessee ranked 24th against the rush last season. This is where the Jets will needed to draft a good pass rusher in order to disrupt Matt Hasselbeck (assuming Jake Locker hasn’t taken his job yet) getting the ball off to either Britt or Washington. This will be another unforeseen critical game for the Jets.
Week 16 –
San Diego Chargers (home): Unless Phil Rivers forgets about last year’s performance, and Ryan Matthews turns it up this year, I do not see this as any trouble for the Jets. The Chargers just signed both Eddie Royal and Robert Meachem, which I think were good moves but not enough to fill the shoes of Vincent Jackson (who just signed with Tampa Bay). I know come December the Chargers go into beast mode, but I still don’t think it would be enough to take down the Jets.
Week 17 –
Buffalo Bills (away): I know I’m probably giving way more credit to the Bills than I should, but this is another critical game for the Jets. Not only do the Jets end the season playing the same team they opened the season with, both teams may be playing for a potential playoff spot which would make this game that much more important. We don’t know how the season will turn out for Fitzpatrick, Johnson, and Williams; but my guy feeling tells me the Bills are going to come out in full attack mode to make the postseason or ruin our chances of getting into the playoffs. This game cannot be taken lightly for either side.
Please keep in mind that these predictions are my own personal ones, and are based on current team rosters. As stated earlier, the draft and injuries I’m sure will affect some of these predictions in either a positive or a negative manner.