The New York Jets were again one of the worst teams in football in 2021, but there is hope now that may start to change in 2022.
There was much optimism heading into Year 2 of the Robert Saleh era on the back of what appeared to be a terrific NFL Draft. And while some of that disappeared with a 24-9 home loss to Baltimore in Week 2, it returned last weekend in Cleveland.
The Jets, with Joe Flacco deputizing at QB for the injured Zach Wilson, turned a 30-17 deficit inside the final two minutes to an improbable 31-30 win. Throw in some tantalizing glimpses of what new WR1 Garrett Wilson might be, and hope is once again alive and well in the green half of East Rutherford.
Here is where the Jets are at heading into a Week 3 matchup with the AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals.
New York Jets vs Cincinnati Bengals Odds & Picks
The Jets host the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday (September 25) at MetLife Stadium with a 1pm Eastern kickoff on CBS.
New York produced a stunning 34-31 upset to beat Joe Burrow and the Bengals in this game in 2021, but they start as a 6-point underdog in this one. Against a Bengals team which comes in at a miserable 0-2.
Cincy has struggled to get its offensive – and that new-look O-line – on track in heartbreaking losses to Pittsburgh and Dallas so far, but it would be foolish to expect those misfires to continue for too long.
As we said, this matchup in 2021 produced 65 points, and we expect a high-scoring affair once again. The Jets have terrific new weapons in Wilson and RB Breece Hall, and they add a new dimension to this team.
Our first pick is to take the OVER on Total points with the current line set at 45. A very confident play.
Our second bet is rookie RB Hall to rush for Over 28.5 yards and score a touchdown anytime. He racked up 50 and a score on just 7 carries in Cleveland last week, and it would be surprise if his workload doesn’t continue to grow. Dallas had significant success on the ground last week vs Cincy, and Hall can have similar gains here.
OddsCritic Jets vs Bengals Picks & Predictions
- Bengals @ Jets OVER 45 Total Points at -110 (Widely available)
- Breece Hall OVER 28.5 Rushing Yards & Anytime Touchdown at +450 (PointsBet)
NB: Odds correct when predictions made Friday September 23, 2022
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New York Jets Super Bowl Odds
No team was bigger odds to win Super Bowl LVII after Sunday’s shocker vs Baltimore – the Jets were an enormous +41000 (bet $100 to win $41000). Not any more
That win in Cleveland saw New York’s Super Bowl odds shaved to a still huge but smaller +22000 with FanDuel.
What Odds are the Jets to win the AFC East?
You have to go back to 2015 to find the last time the Jets had a winning season and right back to 2002 for the last time it won the AFC East title. Thin times in the green half of East Rutherford, and it won’t change in 2022.
New York remains the absolute outsider of the four teams heading into 2022 – it started the year at +2800 before drifting out to +5000 following Week 1 and back in to +4500 after that win in Cleveland. Huge odds.
Latest AFC East odds are as follows:
- -335 Buffalo Bills (BetRivers)
- +430 Miami Dolphins (Caesars)
- +1300 New England Patriots (Caesars)
- +4500 New York Jets (BetRivers)
NB: Odds correct on September 23, 2022
How many wins for the Jets in 2022? Over-Under
Not much has changed per sportsbooks since 2022 began. The Over/Under for Jets regular-season wins remains at 5.5, and it is -125 they go Over and +105 they finish up Under.
Jets to make the playoffs – what are the Odds?
Nobody expects the Jets to make the playoffs in 2022 – least of all those wise guy sportsbooks.
Saleh’s crew are +850 to reach the postseason, while it is -1115 that they fail. Tells you all you need to know.
Of course all of these odds are tough because the Jets are in a pretty good AFC East division. Compare them with the local rival New York Giants and the difference is significant. Why is that? Because the NFC East is so miserable in comparison.
New York Jets 2022 Schedule & Odds
Here you are, the 2022 NFL schedule for your New York Jets:
- Week 1: September 11 – 9-24 vs. Ravens, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 2: Sept. 18 – 31-30 at Browns, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 3: Sept. 25 -12-27 vs. Bengals, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 4: Oct. 2 – at Steelers, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 5: Oct. 9 – vs. Dolphins, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 6: Oct. 16 – at Packers, 1 p.m., FOX82
- Week 7: Oct. 23 – at Broncos, 4:05 p.m., CBS
- Week 8: Oct. 30 – vs. Patriots, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 9: Nov. 6 – vs. Bills, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 10: Bye
- Week 11: Nov. 20 – at Patriots, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 12: Nov. 27 – vs. Bears, 1 p.m., FOX
- Week 13: Dec. 4 – at Vikings, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 14: Dec. 11 – at Bills, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 15: Dec. 18 – vs. Lions, 1 p.m., FOX
- Week 16: Dec. 22 – vs. Jaguars, 8:15 p.m., Prime Video
- Week 17: Jan. 1 – at Seahawks, 4:05 p.m., FOX
- Week 18: Jan. 7/8 – at Dolphins, TBD, TBD
Jets Strength Of Schedule in 2022
The Jets are middle of the pack when it comes to how tough their schedule is (based on 2021 records of their 2022 opponents).
Their number is .495 – that is tied for 17th hardest out of the 32 franchises.
New York Jets Draft Picks in 2022
Gardner significantly upgraded the defense while Wilson to Wilson should be a big deal in the NFL for years to come. The Jets finally have a true WR1. The chance to trade up and snag a falling star in Jermaine Johnson was just too good to pass up – stellar opening night for New York.
The Jets continued to have a fine draft on Friday, picking up another first-round talent in Iowa State RB Breece Hall. Maybe not a need, but an excellent prospect. File Ruckert under the same description.
All in all, Joe Douglas the Jets aced it. The results should start to become evident in September.
Here are details of the Jets picks:
- Round 1: 4 overall – Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Gardner (CB, Cincinnati)
- Round 1: 10 overall – Garrett Wilson (WR, Ohio State)
- Round 1: 26 overall – Jermaine Johnson (DE, Florida State)
- Round 2: 36 overall – Breece Hall (RB, Iowa State)
- Round 4: 101 overall – Jeremy Ruckert (TE, Ohio State)
- Round 4: 111 overall – Max Mitchell (OT, Louisiana)
- Round 4: 117 overall – Micheal Clemons (DE, Texas A&M)