After the Jets went 4-12 and finished last among four teams in the AFC East, the team turns the page to its 2019 season with room for improvement as the schedule kicks off Sunday at 1 p.m. from MetLife Stadium against the Buffalo Bills.
Under a new regime with head coach Adam Gase and general manager Joe Douglas, plus second-year quarterback Sam Darnold and veteran running back Le'Veon Bell, how might the Jets' campaign unfold throughout the fall?
According to Pro Football Focus, which uses thousands of simulations in accordance with the outlet's proprietary grades and situational information, the Jets have an uphill battle on the horizon as they make their playoff push.
The Jets are projected to win 6.9 games with an 18.8-percent chance to take the division or reach the wild card. For the Super Bowl? Only a 0.4-percent chance.
Those numbers lack optimism, but the Jets do sit ahead of their divisional opponents. They rank higher than the Buffalo Bills (6.6 wins, 15.2 percent, 6.6 percent, 0.3 percent) and Miami Dolphins (6.5 wins, 13.3 percent, 5.5 percent, 0.2 percent) for second in the AFC East.
At the top, coming off their sixth Super Bowl since 2001, are the Patriots. Pro Football Focus pegs New England at 10.7 wins with an overwhelming 87.1-percent chance to make the playoffs and 80.3-percent chance to win the division, plus a 13.9-percent chance to repeat as Super Bowl champs.