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Preseason power rankings: No. 17 New York Jets

The New York Jets overachieved going 8-8, when many people predicted them to be a terrible NFL team.

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2013 Record: 8-8

Notable Losses: Antonio Cromartie, Mark Sanchez, Santonio Holmes, Kellen Winslow Jr., Austin Howard

Notable Gains: Eric Decker, Breno Giacomini, Dimitri Patterson, Michael Vick, Daryl Richardson, Jason Babin, Chris Johnson, Jacoby Ford

Draft Class: Calvin Pryor, Jace Amaro, Dexter McDougle, Jalen Saunders, Shaquelle Evans, Dakota Dozier, Jeremiah George, Brandon Dozier, Quincy Enunwa, IK Enemkpali, Tajh Boyd, Trevor Reilly

The Facts: The Jets had a horrible offense last year and were horribly inconsistent as they exchanged masterful wins with horrific losses. The Jets' wide receiver corps improved with the release of Santonio Holmes, the signing of Eric Decker, and the drafting of Jalen Saunders and Shaq Evans. The Jets upgraded at tight end by releasing Kellen Winslow Jr. and drafting Jace Amaro.

At running back, they have a three headed monster in Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell. Geno Smith should have a better year in 2014.

The defensive line is great, as Rex Ryan's teams are known for their ability to stop the run and rush the passer. It's the secondary that concerns me. The Jets' secondary consists of rookie Calvin Pryor, Dawan Landry, injury-prone Dimitri Patterson, second year Dee Milliner (who struggled mightily at times), rookie Dexter McDougle and Kyle Wilson, who hasn't lived up to his draft spot. The Jets should be good this year, but not that good.

Predicted Record: 8-8. Wins against Raiders, Bills, Dolphins, Patriots, Bears, Chiefs, Steelers and Broncos.

If you disagree with my record and assessment rememeber: Unless it's something crazy, your guess is as good as mine.