The New York Jets’ unpredictable 2022 season will come to an end in their Week 18 matchup against the Miami Dolphins. We’ll be announcing our Jets Week 18 predictions before the Jets-Dolphins game.
The Jets (7-9) came into this season hoping to play some games that mattered in December and January. They were able to do that since they had a 6-3 lead before the bye. However, they have dropped six of their previous seven contests, including five straight, and last week’s humiliating 23-6 loss to the Seattle Seahawks saw them finally eliminated from the AFC playoff chase.
“I love this game, I love football. I love battling with my brothers each and every day.”
Quinnen Williams on how he’s approaching the Jets’ season finale: pic.twitter.com/bEXJmcodYS
— Jets Videos (@snyjets) January 4, 2023
In his season-ending joke, coach Robert Saleh said that he would like the Jets to completely destroy the Dolphins’ chances of making the playoffs this week. To qualify for the wild card round, Miami (8-8) needs to win and hope that the New England Patriots lose to the Buffalo Bills.
But that’s what the Jets season has come down to for the 12th consecutive year. being a spoiler in disguise.
After that, let’s move on to our Week 18 New York Jets predictions.
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3. Sauce Gardner Will Closeout A Terrific Rookie Season with Interception
Really, the Jets Couldn’t Have Asked for Much More from Sauce Gardner During His Stellar Rookie Campaign. He Has Intercepted 20 Passes, Including Four Last Week Against the Seahawks, to Lead the Nfl. He Was Chosen to Start the Pro Bowl. The top cornerback pairing in the League now consists of him and D.J. Reed. He’ll probably be named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, and he has a good chance of being selected for the All-Pro team.
The sauce will finish his rookie NFL season well. He hasn’t had a downer yet, so…
Sauce Gardner’s first career interception! @iamSauceGardner
— NFL (@NFL) October 9, 2022
When they are on his side, Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle can expect him to put the clamps on them. And Sauce will find a way to take advantage of the situation and come away with a pick, his third of the year and second against the Dolphins, whether Teddy Bridgewater or Skylar Thompson is the quarterback.
2. The Jets Offense Will Actually Score a Touchdown This Week
Listen, the expectations for the New York Jets offense are quite low. Over the course of their current five-game losing run, they have scored four touchdowns. In their last two losses to the Seattle Seahawks and Jacksonville Jaguars, they failed to score a touchdown and only managed three field goals.
Jets RB Michael Carter hit the Waddle celebration (started by Dolphins WR Jaylen Waddle) after his 2nd TD. Jets rookie CB Sauce Gardner put up the Tyreek Hill peace sign after his INT earlier.
Jets adding a lil fuel into rivalry today with celebrations pic.twitter.com/LoUlS5n5OI
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) October 9, 2022
Therefore, it is not expected that the Jets will score 30 points (they had 40 in Week 5 win against the Dolphins). They need to actually score one touchdown, not more. Finally.
Let’s go one step further and pick Michael Carter or Elijah Moore to score that touchdown.
1. Jets Complete Their Collapse, Lose Sixth Straight to End 2022 Season
For those who appreciate good offensive football, this one will be difficult to watch. There won’t be much of that. It’s going to be a defensive struggle.
Quinnen Williams will put up one final outstanding performance to cap off a Pro Bowl season. Gardner will also have a strong finish, as was already said. The Miami attack without Tua Tagolaivoa will be no match for the Jet’s defense, which will recover from some underwhelming performances and dominate periods of the game.
The Dolphins, who have also dropped five straight games, must win this game, though. This season, they are 5-2 at home, so that will also be a factor. On a last-second field goal, the Jets will lose 17-16.