While the New York Jets clearly have found their franchise signal-caller in, talented, strong-armed quarterback Sam Darnold, the AFC East playoff longshots will kick off another new era when they take to the gridiron in 2019 under new head coach Adam Gase. While Darnold’s eye-opening play was a bit of a revelation last season, the Jets finally parted ways with former head coach Todd Bowles after going 4-12 under the widely-respected defensive-minded leader.
Now, the Jets are looking to reach new heights under former Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase, who was fired by division rival Miami after going 23-25 in three seasons with the Fins. Whether Gase and Darnold help lead the Jets to a successful season this year or whether they fail to reach the postseason for the ninth consecutive season remains to be seen. However, there are a bunch of things you need to know about New York before they take to the gridiron for the upcoming 23019 NFL regular season. Let’s find out what those things are right now.
New York Jets 2019 NFL Season Betting Guide
- ATS: 4-12 (W-L) / 5-10-1 (ATS) / 2-5-1 (Home) / 3-5-0 (Away) / 1-4-0 (Grass) / 4-6-1 (Turf)
- O/U: 10-6-0 (W-L) / 6-2-0 (Home) / 4-4-0 (Away) / 2-3-0 (Grass) / 8-3-0 (Turf) / 48.4 (Total)
The Jets won just four games in 2018 and they were a great pick to not cover the spread last season as they went 5-10-1 ATS while failing to cover the chalk five times at home and on the road. New York’s inability to stop their opponents from scoring early and often led to them playing over the O/U total an impressive 10 times, including six times in their eight home dates.
- Total Yards: 299.2 / Rank 29
- Passing Yards: 197.8 / Rank 25
- Rushing Yards: 101.4 /Rank 26
- Points Scored: 20.8 / Rank 23
- Field Goal %: 91.7 / Rank 5
The Jets struggled like hell on offense in 2018 by ranking 29th overall, 25th in passing, 26th in rushing and 23rd in scoring (20.8 ppg). To address their needs on the offensive side of the ball, the Jets signed superstar running back Le’Veon Bell, quarterback Trevor Siemian, wide receivers, Jamison Crowder and Josh Bellamy, tight end Daniel Brown and offensive lineman Tom Compton in free agency. New York also selected USC tackle Chuma Edoga and West Virginia tight end Trevon Wesco in the third and fourth rounds respectively.
- Total Yards: 380.4 / Rank 25
- Passing Yards: 254.1 / Rank 24
- Rushing Yards: 126.3 /Rank 26
- Points Allowed: 27.6 / Rank 29
- Field Goal %: 84.6 / Rank 14
The Jets were also a mess on the defensive side of the ball despite playing for Bowles, one of football’s best defensive minds. New York finished 25th overall, 24th against the pass, 26th against the run and a woeful 29th in points allowed (27.6 ppg). To address their many needs on the defensive side of the ball, the Jets signed veteran linebacker C.J. Mosley, nose tackle Steve McLendon, defensive lineman Henry Anderson and cornerback Brian Poole in free agency while drafting Alabama superstar defensive tackle Quinnen Williams with the third overall pick in the NFL draft and Florida defensive end Jachal Polite in the third round.
- Touchdowns: Robby Anderson (6)
- Rushing: Isaiah Crowell (685)
- Passing: Sam Darnold (2865)
- Receiving: Robby Anderson (752)
- Sacks: Henry Anderson (7.0)
- Interceptions: Trumaine Johnson (4)
Last season, veteran wide receiver Robby Anderson led the team in touchdowns scored and receiving yards while veteran running back Isaiah Crowell racked up a team-high 685 rushing yards. More importantly, quarterback Sam Darnold looked every bit the part of a franchise quarterback as a rookie after being drafted third overall by New York.
While the former USC signal-caller had his share of struggles like all rookies, he also showed some flashes of brilliance despite playing in Todd Bowles’ ancient run-first offense. Defensive lineman Henry Anderson recorded a team-high seven sacks while veteran cornerback Trumaine Johnson had a team-high four interceptions in his first season with the team following six seasons with the Rams.
New York made some nice additions in the draft and free agency to address their needs on both sides of the ball, but I think the Jets really blew it by hiring former Dolphins head coach Adam Gase after he showed he clearly wasn’t up to the task in three seasons in South Beach. In addition to their two super difficult AFC East division matchups against New England, the Jets also have tough non-division contests against Philadelphia, Dallas, Jacksonville, Baltimore and Pittsburgh.
Still, with four contests against the rebuilding Bills and Dolphins and ‘winnable’ non-division matchups against Cleveland, the Giants, Oakland and Cincinnati, I’m thinking these AFC East residents have a decent chance to approach seven or eight wins in 2019. No matter how many games New York wins this coming season, with Sam Darnold in his second year and Le’Veon Bell on board, the Jets can;t be any worse than they were a year ago can they?