No team has received more media attention this offseason than the New York Jets. The Jets have even received more love than the Dallas Cowboys, which is nearly impossible to do. This is all because Gang Green traded for Aaron Rodgers.
The Jets have not made the postseason since 2011, which is the longest active postseason drought within the United States' four major professional sports leagues (MLB, NHL, NFL, NBA). NY is currently tied for the sixth-best odds to win the Super Bowl. Seriously?
The hype is incredibly unwarranted. The Jets had a significantly better roster than the Giants a season ago and won three fewer games. History tends to repeat itself. Here are three reasons why the New York Giants will be better than the New York Jets in 2023:
3. The Giants have an easier schedule than the Jets
The Giants have a better chance to win Super Bowl LVIII than the New York Jets. That is just a fact. The Giants roster is clearly not as good as the Jets roster, but the AFC is much deeper and more difficult than the NFC. The Jets have an incredibly tough path.
The Jets have the seventh-hardest schedule in 2023 according to Sharp Football Analysis, which bases strength of schedule on 2023 win probability, and not 2022 record. In contrast, the Giants have the 14th hardest schedule in 2023.
The Jets play in the AFC East, the NFL's toughest division. The Bills and Dolphins are both Super Bowl contenders while the worst team in the AFC East, at least on paper, the New England Patriots, have beaten the Jets 14 times in a row.
If the Jets make the playoffs, they will have to go through three of Kansas City, LA Chargers, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Miami, and Baltimore to make the Super Bowl. Those teams respective quarterbacks, Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert, Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, Trevor Lawrence, Tua Tagovailoa, and Lamar Jackson are all upper-echelon NFL QBs.
In contrast, there are only two mammoths in the NFC, the Eagles who lost some key pieces this offseason, and the 49ers, who have quarterback uncertainties.