For the first time in a long time, the New York Jets schedule is a hot topic. There is controversy as to whether or not the Jets will turn heads in the 2022-2023 season. Many believe that the Jets could win up to 9 games this season, some believe they may win around 7, and others believe they will be just as bad as last season. After a great 2022 draft and some solid moves by Joe Douglas in 2021 and 2022, I believe the Jets will take a huge leap this season.
The matchups in the Jets’ schedule are something that needs to be looked at to predict their schedule and record. First, we’ll take a look at their home games. The Jets’ home schedule consists of games against the Ravens, Bengals, Dolphins, Patriots, Bills, Bears, Lions, and Jaguars. The Jets should take at least four out of these eight home games. I’ll take the Jets to beat the Dolphins, Bears, Lions, Jaguars, and Ravens. I believe the game against the Ravens is a big one for the Jets this year. The Ravens may take the Jets too lightly and ideally, the Jets come out firing and take advantage. The game is at home against a great Ravens team, but I believe the Jets have a shot of pulling this one out and will be motivated to do so in week 1. With that being said, the Jets’ home record would be 5-3.
Now, let’s take a look at the away schedule for the Jets. Their road schedule includes games against the Browns, Steelers, Packers, Broncos, Patriots, Vikings, Bills, Seahawks, and Dolphins. The away schedule is much tougher than the home schedule for this squad, which is an unfortunate thing for the Jets. I’ll take the Jets to beat the Browns, Patriots, and Seahawks on the road. The Browns struggled last season and it looks like Deshaun Watson won’t be playing for a while. The Jets could definitely sneak one of two games against the Patriots this year and I’ll take the matchup on the road for them. Lastly, the Seahawks are lacking a quarterback and haven’t made many improvements over the past year. This would put the Jets at 3-6 on the road.
My prediction for the Jets in the 2022-2023 season is a final record of 8-9. They should place third in the AFC East. Although this would mean they fall short of the playoffs, it is a big step in the right direction. After going 4-13 last season, doubling their wins in 2022 would be a huge accomplishment. I believe the Jets will make such a leap this year because Joe Douglas has built around Zach Wilson just as he planned. Wilson has a year of experience under his belt and proved he could compete at this level in the second half of the season last year. The defense has improved as well, as they will also get Defensive End, Carl Lawson, back after tearing his Achilles in a preseason practice last year. Overall, this season is auspicious for Jets fans and there is a lot to look forward to.