Why the New York Jets Will Avoid the NFL Cellar in 2013

July 20, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The New York Jets won't be terrible in 2013.
Will they be great? No. Will they be good? Unlikely. I'd more likely describe them as subpar. But they shouldn't be among the five worst teams in the league. They shouldn't be terrible.
That's not what many others think about the Jets, though. NFL.com's power rankings have the Jets at 28th overall in the league, or fifth worst. Bleacher Report's Justin Onslow has them at 29th. Meanwhile, Business Insider ranks them 30th in the league.
And ESPN, which obsesses over Mark Sanchez and his "butt fumble" (which still reigns as their "worst of the worst" highlight), says the Jets are the worst team in the NFL.
However, the facts simply don't support this. Let's start by looking at the Jets' schedule. Strength-of-schedule numbers will change as the 2013 season progresses, but as we head into the season, they can still provide a look at what type of challenges a team will face.
In 2012, the Jets finished as the 24th-rank...

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