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Game Analysis for Week 7 in the NFL

By: Jon

As week seven begins, many teams are determining if they are playoff contenders or should consider looking toward next season. This week has a few good games that should excite fans around the country. With a number of storylines such as Manning’s return to Indy, the return of Gronk, and the Pittsburgh-Ravens matchup, the games should be intense and close.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons:

Courtesy of ESPN
Courtesy of ESPN

Before the season commenced, many NFC South fans were looking forward to this matchup. In the preseason both teams had high expectations. However, neither team has met expectations and they have a combined one win between the two teams. The Falcons have been devastated by injuries the last few weeks, but this game could be the worst. After playing 133 straight games, Roddy White will finally miss his first NFL game in his career. Along with White, the Falcons will be without former All-Pros Julio Jones and Steven Jackson. Although the passing game has been efficient, the Falcons inability to run the ball with consistently has greatly constricted their offense and caused problems for Ryan and the wideouts. While the Falcons continue to lose their offensive weapons, the Bucs show that they have none to speak of. Tampa Bay’s offense has been dreadful this season because of their poor quarterback play. Even though Glennon has been nominally better than Freeman, he is still an awful NFL quarterback. The Buccaneers rank last in passing yards per game, which can be directly attributed to their horrible quarterback performances. Besides the quarterback position, the Bucs have a good offense on paper with Vincent Jackson, Doug Martin, and Mike Williams. However, the trio has greatly underperformed because of injuries and a poor quarterback. This season, the Bucs rank second to last in yards and points per game while their running game, a supposed strength, is ranked 20th in the league. Although the Bucs defense has been steady this season, I do not expect them to score enough points against Matt Ryan on the road to beat the Atlanta Falcons in a must win game for Atlanta.

Prediction: Atlanta wins 27-14

Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions:

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Courtesy of Bleacher Report

While the Bucs and Falcons have underachieved this season, the same cannot be said about the Bengals and Lions. Through the first six weeks of the season, both teams have looked like playoff teams, but for different reasons. While the Lions possess a dynamic and fast offensive attack, the Bengals have a solid defense that can stop any offense in their tracks.  Both teams are currently first or tied for first in the division and could use a quality win to maintain their leads. The Lions offense has been dynamic this season because of their skill positions like Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush, and Mathew Stafford. Currently, the Lions are top ten in yards, passing yards, and points per game. While the Lions have been great on offense, the Bengals have been equally impressive on defense. The Bengals are top ten in yards, passing, rushing and scoring defense per games because of their great defensive line. Cincinnati’s defense is led by Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap, and Michael Johnson. Although Stafford has not been great against top teams in his career, the Lions should use their speed and skill to overwhelm the Bengals and win the game. A win against the Bengals would propel the Lions to a 5-2 record, which would be significant for a team with little experience. The Lions will probably need 10 or 11 wins to make the playoffs. On the other hand, the Bengals are not desperate for a win. Even if the Bengals lose, they will maintain a lead in the AFC North.

Prediction: Lions win 30-27

Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins:

Courtesy of Miami Herald
Courtesy of Miami Herald

After a 3-0 start to the season, the Dolphins have lost their last two games. The Dolphins desperately need to win this game if they want to compete for the AFC East crown or a playoff spot in the AFC. Although the Dolphins spent a lot of money on Mike Wallace this offseason, he has been extremely ineffective and unworthy of the exorbitant contract. Although Mike Wallace has not been successful, the Dolphins passing offense has been much better than their running game. If the Dolphins are going to succeed this season, they must improve their rushing attack. Luckily for the Dolphins, the Bills are one of the worst rushing defenses in the league. Lamar Miller should be able to grow his confidence and gain a rhythm. The Bills will be led by Thad Lewis against the Dolphins. The two second year player out of Duke was solid during his first start of the season. However, Lewis does not have a lot of talent. Also, the Bills running game has not experienced the same success as last season. CJ Spiller has been hurt all season and has not exploded like last season. The game should be a low scoring game as both have decent defenses, but inconsistent offenses. The Dolphins should have a better chance because of extra time they were given during their bye week, last week. Since Manuel injured himself two weeks ago and cannot start, the Dolphins should win the game. A Dolphin win would put them only one game behind the Patriots, if the Pats win against the Jets this week.

Prediction: Dolphins win 17-14

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles:

Courtesy of NFL Rush
Courtesy of NFL Rush

In a fight for the NFC East crown, the Boys will be heading to the city of brotherly love for first place. Although the Eagles have been incredibly inconsistent, they have a 3-3 record and a share of first place. After a stellar performance against the Bucs last week, the expectations for Foles are extremely high. However, we have seen this before from Foles. Last season, Nick experienced similar success against the Bucs, but failed during his other starts. The Eagles have a lot of talent on offense, but their defense has not been good. Currently, the Eagles rank 28th in the league in points allowed at almost 30 points per game. If the Eagles can continue scoring points at a rapid pace, they may be able to reach the playoffs and win the division. However, the Cowboys have been solid all season. Even though the Cowboys have three losses, they have come by a combined 13 points. Two of the Cowboy’s losses have been against the two undefeated teams in the league, Chiefs and Broncos. If the Boys can maintain their hold of first place by week 11, the Cowboys should be in great shape in the NFC East. Currently the Cowboys are dealing with several injuries to big name players such as Demarcus Ware and DeMarco Murray. The Cowboys should win this game. Romo has been playing with consistency this season and should outplay Nick Foles. Since it is not December or January, Romo should play his best and lead the Cowboys to a win and first place in the NFC East.

Prediction: Dallas wins 27-20

Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins:

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Courtesy of USA Today

After a magical year where RGIII led the Redskins to the playoffs, the Redskins have only one win after the first six weeks. After the knee injury and surgery, RGIII has not been the same dynamic player. Robert does not have the same ability to scramble out of the pocket and run for first downs or find an open receiver down the field. Although the Redskins are recording a lot of yardage, they have not scored a lot of points because they are committing turnovers. Although they are improving from the line of scrimmage, they were horrible last week in special teams and lost the turnover battle. The lone Redskin win has been against the lowly Oakland Raiders, who have only one win this season. Although the Redskins have been unsuccessful this season, they are the favorite at home against Chicago. Although Chicago is 4-2, they have not faced the fiercest competition. However, the Bears are a talented team with a lot of potential and talent at the skill positions. With the recent emergence of Alshon Jeffery, the Bears now have four quality players that can make a big play on offense, Bennett, Jeffery, Marshall, and Forte. If Cutler can manage his mistakes over the final two-thirds of the season, the Bears will be a playoff team and should compete with the Packers for the NFC North Division. Although the Bears do allow a lot of yardage, they are the best team in football at forcing turnovers. The Bear’s cornerbacks are one of the best in the league at jumping routes and turning poor passes into interceptions. The Bears should win this game and feel happy going into their bye week before a Monday Night tussle against the hated Packers.

Prediction: Chicago wins 30-21

St. Louis Rams at Carolina Panthers:

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Courtesy of Ibtimes

Although the Panthers have started 2-3, they have steadily improved since their bye week in week 4. Over the past few games, Newton has been more effective at scoring points. In two of the last three games, the Panthers have scored more than 35 points. However, the part of the team that has improved the most is the defense. This season, the Panthers rank top seven in both rushing and passing yards. The key to the Panthers offense is their ability to run the ball. The Panthers currently rank 7th in the NFL in running yards per game. The Panthers ability to ground and bound has enabled them to control the pace of the game and the time of possession. The Rams have won two straight and own a 3-3 record in the difficult NFC West. Although they will not reach the playoffs, the Rams could build off of this season for the next one. After two down years, Sam Bradford has improved and looked the former number one pick in the draft. The Rams have scored at least 34 points in their last two games. The Rams are coming off of their best win of the season, which should inspire them to play well this week. If the Rams can become one game over .500, it may energize their fan base and give them the necessary energy to make the playoffs. However, the Panthers should win this game because they have the home crowd on their side and the momentum from their starting quarterback.

Prediction: Panthers win 31-28

San Diego Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars

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Courtesy of ESPN

It looks like another lost season for Jacksonville. Since the departure of David Garrard, the Jags have been looking for any sort of stability at the quarterback position. However, this draft they may be able to pick Teddy Bridgewater. The Jaguars will probably be selecting in the top two because it is unlikely that they will win more than 3 games this season. Although this looked like a possible win at the beginning of the season, San Diego has exceed expectations and seems like a playoff contender. The Jags will be starting Chad Henne at quarterback for the injured Blaine Gabbert. Although Jacksonville has been the worst offensive team in the league, they may be able to turn around their misfortunes. During last weeks valiant effort against the Broncos, Justin Blackmon broke out and looked like the dominant wide receiver that the Jags were hoping to draft when they picked him inside the top ten a few years ago. Also MJD had his best game of the season last week, which should propel him in the next few weeks if they give him the ball. Although the Jags seem to be improving, they will not win against the Chargers and Phillip Rivers. Rivers has regained his success this season for the Chargers. After a few roller coaster seasons, Rivers looks like the top tier quarterback that led the Chargers to numerous playoff victories. The key to Rivers’ success has been his ability to limit interceptions. This season he has thrown only 5 interceptions while compiling 14 touchdowns. With a lack of running talent, Rivers must continue to throw for big yards and limit the turnovers, in order for the Chargers to compete in the AFC West. The Chargers are hot after a great win against the Colts on monday night, so they should win comfortably.

Prediction: Chargers win 27-13

New England Patriots at New York Jets:

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Courtesy of NY Daily News

In the most compelling matchup of the 1PM games, the New England Patriots will be headed into the Meadowlands to play the New York Football Jets. After a tightly contested first matchup, the Jets and Patriots game should be another close game. Similar to their week 2 matchup, the Patriots will be greatly affected by the injury bug. Along with Amendola, who was injured for the last game, the Patriots will be without Mayo, Wilfork, and Talib. An argument can be made that these are the three most important players on the defense. Wilfork is a run stopper, which will be vital as the Jets want to establish a quality running game. Mayo is a good linebacker who calls all of the Patriots’ defensive plays, which means that their defense may be unorganized during the first half of the game. Talib has been one of the best corners in the league. Last week, he dominated Graham and intercepted Smith twice in their week two meeting. However, the Patriots will return All-World tight end Rob Gronkowski back to the lineup. Gronk is a physical beast and has a mismatch against every defensive player. Although Gronk will not be 100%, he should help in the red zone, as the Patriots are currently 30th in red zone efficiency. During the first six weeks of the season, the Patriots wide receivers have been extremely inconsistent and unreliable. Although Dobson and Thompkins had solid games against the Saints, they were horrible against the Jets in week 2, as they dropped numerous passes. If the Patriots lose the game, they can fall into a first place tie with the Dolphins, who are playing the Buffalo Bills. The Jets have been preparing for this game, since they lost at New England in week 2. Rex desperately wants this win, as it could be the last time he coaches against Belicheck with the Jets. The Jets defense should improve as Dee Millner will be returning from a hamstring injury this week. The Jets will need all their pass rushers and cornerbacks in order to stop Brady for the second time this season. Since their last matchup, the Jets front seven has significantly improved with the emergence of Mohammed Wilkerson and Damion Harrison and the addition of Quinton Coples. Although Smith looked horrible in the fourth quarter against the Patriots, he has grown as a quarterback and is making better decisions with the football. If Smith only threw one or two of his three interceptions, the Jets would have won the game. This whole season has been a roller coaster ride for the Jets. Since they had a poor performance last week, they should rebound and come away with the upset win at home in front of 50,000+ raucous fans.

Prediction: Jets win 27-24

Other Predictions:

San Francisco 49ers at Tennessee Titans:

Prediction: 49ers win 34-17

The 49ers are hot and the Titans have not played well since losing Locker. Although he will come back, the 49ers represent too big a hurdle for the Titans to overcome.

Cleveland Browns at Green Bay Packers:

Prediction: Packers win 31-13

The Packers have looked like one of the best teams in football since their embarrassing loss to the Bengals a few weeks ago. Their offense is becoming multidimensional, which should strike fear into defensive coordinators. The Browns were playing well a few weeks ago, but the loss of Brian Hoyer and the addition of Brandon Weeden seems to significantly set back their offense.

Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs:

Prediction: Chiefs win 24-7

The Chiefs are tied with the Broncos for the best record in the league and their play backs up their record. At home, the Chiefs are one of the best teams in football. The Texans are starting Case Keenum at quarterback for the first time in his life. The Chiefs should cause at least three turnovers against the young quarterback in a raucous environment.

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers:

Prediction: Ravens win 17-14

Although the teams are no longer the beasts in the AFC North, they still maintain one of the best rivalries in football. The may not possess the vicious defenses any longer, but the games are still must see television. The Steelers have been horrible this season, but they won their first game last week. The Ravens are also playing better and should earn the win in Pittsburgh.

Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts:

Prediction: Colts win 31-30

In the best and most contentious game of the week, Peyton Manning will return to play his old team. Both teams look like playoff contenders. However, Peyton and the Broncos’ play has deteriorated over the last few games. Although the Broncos will have Von Miller back for the game, the Colts offense should be able to control the clock, move the ball with ease, and ultimately win the a close game in the final few seconds to ruin Manning’s return.

Minnesota Vikings at New York Giants:

Prediction: Giants win 20-17

In one of the worst and ugliest games of the weekend, the Giants should earn their first win of the season. The two teams have combined for one win this season, but neither team has won in America.  The Giants have been playing better in the last few weeks and are playing at home. The Vikes will be starting Josh Freeman so expect a heavy dose of Adrian Peterson against the poor Giants defense. However, Eli and the offense should be able to pull out the win and give the Giants’ fan so relief and happiness for the first time this season.

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2013-2014 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview

By: Evan

Projected Record: 6-10

NFC South Rank: 4th

This is a make or break year for Josh Freeman Courtesy of ESPN

Josh Freeman is in a contract year and the coaches do not have confidence in him. Not exactly a recipe for success for a team that spent a boatload of money to improve their squad. This spending included star cornerback Darrelle Revis, stud safety Dashon Goldson as well as drafting Johnathan Banks. These three will be in charge of improving a Bucs defense that ranked dead last in passing defense in 2012. The Bucs already have a stout rush defense that only allowed 82.5 rushing yards per game last year. And despite all of these improvements, I still don’t see the Bucs making it past the .500 mark this season.

Strengths:

Skill Position Players and Defense:

Doug Martin looks to improve on his impressive rookie season Courtesy of SI.NFL.com

Doug Martin set the NFL world on fire last year rushing for 1,454 yards and 11 TDs and reminded fans of a younger Ray Rice. Martin is also a passing threat out of the backfield, catching for 472 yards and one touchdown. Martin will be a key part of the future for whoever plays quarterback. The Buccaneers also have Vincent Jackson, who thrived in his first year in Tampa, accumulating 1,384 yards while averaging over 19.2 yards per catch which was best in NFL. Mike Williams proved to be a viable #2 receiver catching 63 balls for 996 yards and nine scores. He too, signed a big money deal this offseason worth 42.5 million dollars over 6 years. The two combined for one of the most potent duos in the NFL but the performance of a receiver always relies on the dependability of his quarterback and Freeman has had some consistency issues. The Bucs defense will probably finish the year in the top 10 in both passing and rushing. The defensive line is young and swallows up running backs and make offenses one dimensional. Revis, recovering from a torn ACL will immediately be put to the fire dealing with the likes of Julio Jones, Roddy White, Marques Colston and Steve Smith. But Revis is one of the best in the NFL and will be up to the challenge. The Bucs are talented but they have significant weaknesses that will hold them back.

Weaknesses:

QB and Pass Rush:

The Bucs seem high on rookie Mike Glennon, but will he get a shot? Courtesy of SBNation

The Buccaneers stripped Josh Freeman of his captaincy this year and Greg Schiano didn’t exactly give Freeman a vote of confidence when asked why. Former teammate Ronde Barber was quoted as saying Freeman is “prone to mistakes”. I personally don’t see why the Buccaneers are giving up so quickly on Freeman, who has great size and arm strength. But when there is doubt about a starting quarterback, the team cannot focus and often leads to bad seasons. If Glennon ends up playing this season, Josh Freeman better start looking for a new home. The most baffling part of the Buccaneers evaluation of Freeman is his age as he is only 25 years old with plenty of room to grow. The other major weakness for Tampa Bay is the pass rush, ranking 29th in sacks last year. In a division with Matt Ryan, Drew Brees and Cam Newton pass rush is crucial to the overall success of a defense.

Schedule Analysis:

@New York Jets-W: Geno Smith is starting for the Jets and Revis returns to NYC. A match-up made in heaven for the motivated Revis. Welcome to Revis Island, Geno Smith

vs New Orleans-L: The Bucs can’t get to Drew Brees and eventually Brees figures Revis out and the Saints win

@ New England-L: Josh Freeman can’t keep up with Tom Brady and the Bucs struggle to deal with all of the Patriot weapons

vs Arizona-W: Put Larry Fitzgerald on Revis island and who else do the Cardinals have? Not much. Tampa has more weapons to throw to.

Bye Week

vs Philadelphia-W: The read option won’t fool Greg Schiano and the Eagles will have trouble stopping Vincent Jackson and Doug Martin.

@ Atlanta-L: Matt Ryan just has too many options to throw to and should spread the Bucs out and win the game.

vs Carolina-W: The Buccaneers rebound as Cam struggles to score against the pass defense. The Panthers can’t get the ball to Steve Smith or Greg Olsen, making it hard for any receivers to get open.

@ Seattle- L: And this is where the streak ends as Seattle puts a hurting on Josh Freeman, holding him to a mere 100 yards passing. Vincent Jackson is also checked by All-pro Richard Sherman and cannot help Freeman at all.

vs Miami- L: In a rare turn of events, Darrelle Revis gets burned by the speedy Mike Wallace for a touchdown and the potent Miami pass rush sacks Josh Freeman at least seven times.

vs Atlanta- L:  Josh Freeman’s up and down season continues and Greg Schiano decides to put Mike Glennon in the game. He doesn’t help much and the Falcons blow out Tampa.

@ Detroit-L: Glennon gets his first NFL start against a nasty Detroit pass rush and Glennon struggles to adjust to the constant pressure, throwing for 3 INTs. In an epic matchup of Megatron vs Revis Island, Megatron wins, scoring 2TDs.

@ Carolina-L: The Bucs flip-flop again and revert back to Freeman, after Glennon’s less than impressive start and the Bucs still lose. The horrible season continues.

vs Buffalo-W: Tampa finally gets a win over EJ Manuel and the Bills as Revis locks down Stevie Johnson for only 3 catches.

vs San Francisco-L: Colin Kaepernick spreads out the secondary for over 250 yards and then adds another 100 on the ground as Freeman again struggles against a tough San Fran D.

@ St. Louis- W: Besides Tavon Austin, the Rams don’t have too many weapons to fear and Sam Bradford is just not good, so the Bucs pull this one out.

@ New Orleans- L: Brees outplays Freeman and despite the Muscle Hamster’s big game, the Saints beat Tampa to close out a tumultuous season for the Buccaneers

Conclusion:

The Bucs have lots of individual talent, but they are missing crucial pieces from being a true threat in the NFC South.

2013-2014 New York Jets Preview

By: Jon

 

Projected Record: 7-9

AFC East Rank: 2nd

Additions:

Geno Smith
Geno Smith

The Jets finally fired former GM Mike Tannebaum (Mr.T) and hired John Idzik. Since Mr.T made the Jets cap situation a disaster, the Jets were unable to make any major moves this offseason. However, Idzik did make a major move by trading away the great Darrelle Revis for three picks. Although Revis was the best player on their roster and a fan favorite, Woody Johnson was not willing to pay him so Idzik was forced to trade him to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The trade enabled the Jets to snag an extra first round pick and a third round pick in next year’s draft. The Jets used the first round pick on Defensive Tackle Sheldon Richardson. Although many were skeptical when the Jets chose him over other top prospects, he has looked great during the preseason, which has silent many of the doubters. The Jets selected corner back Dee Milliner with their other first round pick. Although Milliner entered the league with a lot of hype because he was the top corner back in the draft, he has not performed well during preseason. Dee Milliner will have a lot of pressure this season because he will need to replace Revis Island and make up for a poor set of safeties behind him. However, Milliner will be given help from Richardson and his friends in the front seven. The group is a talent batch of young, talented players, such as Muhammed Wilkerson and Quinton Couples.

In the second round, the Jets made the biggest news of the draft by drafting quarterback. Although he was believed to be the first quarterback off the board, he was the second quarterback taken in the draft, behind EJ Manuel. Many experts including myself, do not believe that Smith was the correct pick for the Jets. The bulk of the news out of training camp and preseason games was about the quarterback competition. The Jets should have drafted a wide receiver or another playmaker on offensive because they do not have a lot of talent on offensive. This will probably be Mark Sanchez’s last year with the Jets. The Jets should have waited a year to select a quarterback because next year’s group will be great. If Stephen Hill makes improvements and the Jets selected a wide receiver like Keenan Allen or Robert Woods, the new quarterback would have had some weapons to throw to next year. During the offseason, the Jets made major changes on the offensive line and running back position. The Jets will start two new offensive lineman and a new running back, Chris Ivory, this season.

Schedule Analysis:

Mark Sanchez
Mark Sanchez

The Jets have little chance of making the playoffs this season because they do not have many special or talented players on their roster. The Jets open the season against Darrelle Revis and the Tampa Bucs. The Jets will be forced to start rookie quarterback Geno Smith because Mark Sanchez was injured during the third preseason game. Geno Smith was up and down during his two preseason appearances. When Geno started against the Giants, he looked horrible and threw three interceptions. Smith does not look like he is ready to lead an offense at the NFL level. Although the Buccaneers are not a good team, they should win the game unless Smith shows us something that we have not seen during the preseason. After week one, the Jets will play the @Patriots, Bills, and @Titans. The Jets will probably allow Mark Sanchez to start those three games, especially if the Jets lose their first game and Smith is plays poorly. If the Jets want to keep their playoff hopes alive and Rex wants to keep his job, they will probably have to win two of the next three games. The Jets will lose at Foxborough, win against the Bills, and the fourth game of the season will be a coin flip. As an optimistic Jets fan, I think they will win because the Titans have quarterback issues like the Jets. Quinton Couples should return for this game and the defense should be impressive. After an average start to the season, the Jets face an incredibly difficult five game stretch against the @Falcons, Steelers, Patriots, @Bengals, and Saints.  The Jets come out of this stretch 1-4. The Jets will probably win one of the middle three games. If the Jets can some how eek out two wins, Mark Sanchez may be able to keep his job for the end of the season. However, the Jets will probably enter the week ten bye with a 3-6 or 4-5 record.

During the Bye week, the Jets will likely set up plays for Geno so he can become the main quarterback of the team. Rex and John will turn to Geno Smith after the Bye week, especially if Sanchez is playing poorly like last season. The second half of the season will be easier for the Jets. The Jets play @Bills, @Ravens, Dolphins, Raiders, @Panthers, Browns, and @ Dolphins. Although the teams are not as experienced and tough as the teams in the first part of the schedule, there are some tricky and talented teams that the Jets must play. The defense will enable the Jets to stay in games and possible win a few games when they are out payed offensively. They will probably finish the season 7-9.

Key Players:

Stephen Hill
Stephen Hill

Offensively, the Jets need wide receiver Stephen Hill to make a big jump during his sophomore season. Hill has all the talent and physical ability in the world to succeed in the NFL. Hill needs more repetitions and confidence so he can catch more balls and make more big plays. If Hill can improve and become a 1000 yard receiver, the Jets offense will make significant strides this season. Although Hill will never be a top five wide receiver, he has the potential to be a top ten receiver and a dynamic playmaker, especially in the red zone. The Jets have not had a big time number one receiver since Keyshawn Johnson. The Jets whole offense and especially the quarterback play will improve if Hill can become a top ten or fifteen receiver in the league.

Dee Milliner
Dee Milliner

Defensively, Dee Milliner will be the x-factor for the Jets defense this season. Dee has the talent to become a number one cornerback in the NFL. The Jets will need Dee to play like a number one or two if the Jets want to reach eight wins this season. The defensive front four will be the strength of the team so any help from the secondary will vault the Jets into the top ten for defenses. The Jets safeties will be the worst part of the defense. If Dee can play solid defense opposite of number one corner Antonio Cromartie, the safeties will not have as much pressure to play well.

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