On Thursday, we saw the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills battle it out on Thursday Night Football. In a game that should not have been as close as it was, the Jets were able to pull away late on the road to beat the Bills 37-31. While fantasy owners that have Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker on their team like myself were rejoicing, it appears as if there is a second team in the AFC East that is actually competent.
I'm not saying that the Jets are going to threaten for the AFC East crown, but they are LOADED on offense. Thursday night, Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker combined to snag 12 receptions for 227 and one touchdown. Additionally, the Jets have two young wide receivers in Quincy Enunwa and Jalin Marshall that look to be legitimate weapons on offense. Couple these four receivers with Matt Forte, who looks to be motivated in his first year with a new team, and the Jets have something going on the offensive side of the football.
However, I am extremely nervous about two players that play important roles in the Jets' offense. In two weeks, Matt Forte has 52 attempts for 196 yards and three touchdowns. While his yards per attempt is sub-par (3.8), it is extremely evident that Forte is going to be a focal point in the Jets' offense. That being said, Matt Forte will turn 31-year-olds in December and is being extremely overworked. If Todd Bowles is not careful, Forte will end up on the Injured Reserve before the halfway point of the season.
Secondly, we have Ryan Fitzpatrick. While I love to hate Jets players, Ryan Fitzpatrick has some serious stones. He isn't afraid to wait for a play to develop or tuck it and run. However, I always have a problem with guys that come out of Harvard. It seems as if they are so smart that they overthink every single play. If Fitzpatrick isn't careful with some of the hits he takes, he is going to be eating through a straw by the time he is 50-years-old. Regardless, the Jets have a legitimate NFL passing game that can lead the way if the defense falters.
Speaking of defenses faltering, the Jets have some serious issues in the secondary.
Thats right, old friend Darrelle Revis has lost at least a step since leaving the Patriots after winning a Super Bowl in 2014. According to multiple reports, Revis showed up to camp significantly out of shape and appears to just be going through the motions and cashing checks. While the Jets' front-seven may be the most talented in the AFC East, their secondary is a significant concern that will ultimately cost this team.
Last season, under new head coach Todd Bowles, the Jets were able to win 10 games and just missed out on making the playoffs. I expect some more of the same, as I just don't think the Jets have what it takes to make it to the playoffs.