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Why The New York Jets Will Make The Playoffs

The Front Seven

The Jets have the ability to field one of the best defensive units in the entire National Football League. In particular, their front seven is nothing short of stellar.

Muhammad Wilkerson returning is a major plus and given his newly-earned contract stability, expect his mind to be in the right place. Adding a full 16 games of Sheldon Richardson will provide an extremely promising jolt.

Furthermore, after totaling five sacks and 29 tackles last year, expect Leonard Williams to continue evolving in his sophomore season. The addition of former Pittsburgh Steeler Steve McLendon right in the thick of things can only help round out what should be a formidable defensive line.

Of course, this is when the Jets opt for a 4-3 set.

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David Harris has not missed a game in seven years and seemingly never shows signs of tailing off. Paired with Erin Henderson, rookie Darron Lee, and Lorenzo Mauldin as mainstays will fill out what should be a rock-solid front seven.

Whether they go 3-4 (most likely) or 4-3 (sometimes), the Jets have the depth.

Fully expect Gang Green to bring the heat as they did last year, and quite possibly at a more explosive rate. Their constant pressure in the backfield helped them have the second ranked defense in average rushing yards allowed (83.4).

Plain and simple, they can run with their guns and maintain flexibility in the process.

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