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Jets Are Being Disrespected by 2020 NFL Season Win Total Despite Showing Major Improvements in 2019

Jason Schandl
Sam Darnold and the Jets are being disrespected by their 2020 projected win total.
Sam Darnold and the Jets are being disrespected by their 2020 projected win total. / Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

The New York Jets looked to be making some serious strides in 2019. After winning just five, five and four games in the three previous seasons, respectively, they put together a 7-9 record in 2019. That improvement also came despite the fact that starting quarterback Sam Darnold was dealing with Mono, which limited him to 13 games.

The Jets were 7-6 in games Darnold started, and he looks to be in for a career year in 2020. Despite this, FanDuel Sportsbook has hit the Jets with a shockingly low win total, setting the over/under at just 6.5 games.

Despite missing three games in each season, Darnold made some strides between his rookie and sophomore seasons, improving his completion percentage from 57.7 percent to 61.9 percent while boosting his adjusted yards per pass attempt (AY/A) from 6.1 to 6.4.

He'll be without deep threat Robby Anderson in 2020, but the Jets softened that blow by adding Breshad Perriman, who flashed true WR1 upside down the stretch last year.

The Jets also helped Darnold by working to shore up their shaky o-line in this free agency period, signing Connor McGovern, who Pro Football Focus gave a strong 82.5 pass blocking grade in 2019.

They also retained most of their defense, which finished 10th in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA metric in the 2019 season.

The AFC East should be more competitive than ever with Tom Brady departing the New England Patriots. With a strong defense and an offense trending in the right direction, Jets fans have plenty of reason to be optimistic about the 2020 season. A win total projecting them to take a step back from 2019 has to feel pretty insulting.

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