New York Jets training camp doesn’t commence for several weeks so it’s time to make some early game-by-game predictions for the 2019 season.
With the opening of training camp still several weeks away for the New York Jets, it’s time to take an early look at game-by-game predictions for the 2019 campaign. Gang Green is in the process of re-inventing itself.
They have new uniforms, a new coach and hopefully a much improved contingent over last year’s 4-12 debacle. Things have to get better, right?
Let’s find out.
Sept. 8 vs. Buffalo
The season opener between these old AFL rivals will mark the head coaching debut of Adam Gase and MetLife Stadium will be rocking. These two squads split the season series last year but the Bills lead the all-time series, 62-55.
Josh Allen and Sam Darnold, both 2018 first-round picks, will face each other for the third time. Darnold continues his development with a pair of touchdown passes, one to Le’Veon Bell, to power the Jets to victory: Jets 24, Bills 16.
Sept. 16 vs. Cleveland
This is a terrific Monday Night Football matchup pitting Browns signal-caller Baker Mayfield against Darnold. Mayfield set the NFL rookie record for touchdown passes with 27 in 2018 and is joined by Odell Beckham Jr. this season. Mayfield fires a touchdown pass to Beckham from 82 yards away but Darnold outduels him with three touchdown tosses to lead Gang Green to a thrilling 35-31 triumph.
Sept. 22 at New England
The Jets usually wind up their season in Foxboro but make an early trip this year to visit ageless Tom Brady and the rest of the defending Super Bowl champs. It will not go well. Rob Gronkowski has retired but Brady throws a trio of touchdown passes — two to Julian Edelman — as the Patriots roll past New York, 38-13, to drop the Jets to 2-1 on the young season.
Oct. 6 at Philadelphia
After enjoying an early bye in Week 4, Gang Green travels to Philly to face a formidable Eagles squad. New York’s secondary will be hard-pressed to contain Zach Ertz, Alshon Jeffrey and company. Look for Carson Wentz to run for a touchdown and fire another to Ertz to lift the Birds past Gang Green, 24-17.
Oct. 13 vs. Dallas
Another battle against a NFC East foe. The Jets must contain All-Pro halfback Ezekiel Elliott, a two-dimensional back with outstanding quickness. Linebacker C.J. Mosley must make the correct reads and try to keep Elliott in front of him as well as mobile quarterback Dak Prescott. The Cowboys are difficult to stop because they use play-action so effectively. Prescott finds Amari Cooper for a 34-yard score in overtime to send Dallas to a 26-20 win.