And so it begins... another NFL season is upon us. The Jets' top offseason priority was upgrading their struggling offense. The Gang Green did just that, as they signed WR Eric Decker, RB Chris Johnson, and drafted a promising TE Jay Amaro to provide more weapons for QB Geno Smith. The defense, on the other hand, has huge holes at the cornerback position. So, according to all power rankings, the Jets are exactly where they were at the end of last season - trying to establish themselves inside the top 20.
The power rankings position is clearly reflected in the odds for NFL Super Bowl, where the Jets are a long shot to go all the way. The Bills and the Dolphins are ranked about the same as Rex Ryan's team, while the Patriots have third-best Super Bowl odds. The Gang Green are +700 to win the division. The Pats, on the other hand, are pretty much a lock there at -375.
Here's what the power rankings websites had to say about the Jets:
ESPN: After releasing Dimitri Patterson, who was signed to replace Antonio Cromartie, the only cornerbacks with at least 400 snaps last year on the roster are Dee Milliner and Kyle Wilson.
FOX Sports: Geno Smith looks to have taken a step forward in his sophomore season with help from free-agent addition Eric Decker. To the surprise of many, it is the defense that has given the Jets problems as injuries have beset their secondary.
CBS Sports: Geno Smith has to come up big for the Jets to make a playoff push. The corners are a big concern on defense. Oh, for the days of Darrelle Revis.
ProFootballTalk: Struggles in the secondary have caused many to overlook that the offense is a lot better.
CNN SI: Something that the Broncos, Chargers, Lions, Packers, Bears and Patriots all have in common? They finished in the top 10 in passing yardage last season. Oh, and they're all on the Jets' schedule, meaning that GM John Idzik's borderline stubborn reluctance to upgrade his cornerback situation could come back to bite him.
Yahoo Sports: The offense looks a lot better, particularly quarterback Geno Smith.