Jets' Playoff Odds Leave Them as Long Shots Despite Significant Offseason Improvements

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The Jets' playoff odds leave them as long shots. | Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

The New York Jets have been stuck in a state of mediocrity for a while now, but with the team adding a great deal of talent this offseason, many fans are optimistic that they will be taking the next step in 2020. However, oddsmakers are less favorable about the Jets' upcoming season, giving them +360 odds to make the playoffs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Despite the NFL adding another playoff spot for each conference, the Jets' playoff odds suggests they will regress from last season. In 2019, the team finished with a 7-9 record, just missing out on the postseason.

While 7-9 is a losing record, the team missed starting quarterback Sam Darnold for three games early on. In the 13 games Darnold started, the Jets went 7-6, including finishing the season winning six of their final eight games. After a complete overhaul of their offensive line, to go along with getting their starting middle linebacker in C.J. Mosley back from injury, the Jets look like they are set to improve, on paper.

With pressure possibly being lifted off of Darnold by the running game of Le'Veon Bell and Frank Gore, the quarterback hopes to take a jump in his third season. While the Jets did little to give him more weapons to throw to (outside of second-round pick Denzel Mims), having an improved offensive line to keep him off the turf will go a long way.

After getting seven wins last season, it seems more than reasonable that the Jets will improve upon their record in 2020, assuming Darnold stays healthy. Given this, Jets fans should be insulted by their long odds to make the playoffs.

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