Don’t look now folks, but NFL Sundays will soon be back at Black Bear Bar & Grill! Recently, NFL teams around the league have begun releasing their schedules for the 2022-2023 NFL season and it is shaping up to be a great one.
SI.com recently released their annual report on the expected difficulty of teams’ upcoming schedules based on their future opponents’ records from the previous season. For our New York/New Jersey faithful, the Jets schedule ranked in the middle of the pack at #17. Their upcoming opponents’ records from last season was 142-145-2, or a 49.5% win rate. The Giants received a much more favorable schedule, ranking #29 and a future opponent record of 134-154-1 from last season (or 46.5% win rate).
Of course, these rankings are hard to take as scientific evidence in regards to how upcoming seasons might go. After all, teams make drastic changes to their rosters and coaching staffs in the offseason, so to say that teams will perform exactly as they did the previous season is a stretch to say the least. To get a better look how the Giants and Jets might perform this season, we decided to take a look at the DraftKings Sportsbook projected win totals for this season; after all, what evidence is more scientific then odds set by Vegas?
The Giants are projected to do fairly well by DraftKings. Their projected win total is 7 and the over/under is -110 for both. It makes sense that there is some apprehension in regards to what way the Giants are going to swing this year; last season was dismal, with a 4-13 record that was good enough for dead last in the NFC East. The good news is the Giants decided to clean house, firing previous head coach Joe Judge and announcing the retirement of general manager Dave Gettleman. They proceeded to hire former Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who is regarded as the mastermind behind the high-flying Bills offense. After a great draft, there is definitely optimism going into this season for Big Blue as they look to turn their habitual losing around and compete for a playoff berth.
The Jets were not as lucky with their DraftKings projection, coming in at 5.5 for their projected win total. The over was set at -145 and the under was set at +120. If it is any consolation, at least oddsmakers are pretty confident that 5.5 is the floor for their season. The Jets also finished last season with a 4-13 record which also was good for a 4-13 record. However, like the Giants there is great reason for optimism around the Jets going into this NFL season. Head coach Robert Salah was widely respected around the league for his previous work in San Francisco as their defensive coordinator, and he is expected to make strides with the defense heading into the 2022 NFL season. There is skepticism regarding this, as 2021 was an abysmal year defensively for the Jets. That being said, Saleh inherited easily one of the worst defensive units in the league when he took over as head coach and that was compounded with key injuries that saw edge rusher Carl Lawson and starting safeties Marcus Maye and Lamarcus Joyner lost for the season.
Overall, there really is nowhere to go but up for New York Giants & New York Jets fans this season. After monster offseasons for both clubs and now favorable schedules, it is relatively easy to expect improvements on both teams’ 4-13 records from last year. Remember to come sport your fandom and join us to watch the Jets and the Giants compete for playoff spots this year at Black Bear Bar & Grill. Our 40 HD TVs above the bar offers a premium environment to enjoy the game in, and our wide variety of food and beverage offerings will have you feeling like you’re at the game! We will see you soon!