Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 9/16/12

In this first of two parts that we had originally hoped to present to our loyal readers here at Jets 101 prior to week one, we will look into our crystal balls and make some great predictions for the offensive side of the ball. The statistics we will be presenting will be a target(s) for each player(s) with each of us commenting on our belief in Over or Under than the number given and why we believe that will be how things fare in 2012 for the New York Jets.

OFFENSE:

QB Mark Sanchez: 3,500 passing yards, 25 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, 60 percent completion percentage

Donald Lappe:

- Over for all of them. I think this is going to be a big year for Mark Sanchez as he looks to be ready to take the next step. The interceptions will finish in the 16-17 range, but the touchdown to interception ratio will be good.

Peter Schifani:

- Over for passing yards only. With the presence of Tim Tebow in goal line situations, he will take away some touchdowns which may be a push at 25. While his mistakes will be down the interceptions will also push at 15, but completion percentage will be just under 60 percent.

Chris Tripodi:

Over/pass yards- Sanchez almost threw for 3,500 yards last season and with the expectation he will improve along with his performance in the season opener, I think he eclipses the mark. Over/TD's  – Sanchez has averaged 26 total TD over the past two seasons and again, the expectation is improvement. Sanchez will be asked to make plays the season, meaning he will also likely make his share of mistakes. Over/INT's – As long as he keeps this number under 20, the Jets should be in good shape. Under/Completion percent – Even a percent improvement keeps Sanchez below the 60 percent threshold and while he should improve his completion percentage this season with more down field plays opening up passing lanes, those down field passes also fall incomplete more as well.

QB Tim Tebow: 500 passing yards, 500 rushing yards, 10 touchdowns

Donald Lappe:

- Over on rushing, under on passing yards and touchdowns. Tebow will be a very good rusher for the Jets and will make some big plays through the air, but he's ultimately a bit part.

Peter Schifani:

- Over on rushing yards due to that being his biggest strength, and push on touchdowns at 10, but under on passing yards just because Tebow likely won't be throwing much overall.

Chris Tripodi:

OVER/rush yards – Tebow won't come close to 1,000 yards on the ground this season but he only needs 30 yards per game to get to 500. Even on a bad day in Week 1 he had 11 and when he's running well, he should get more than five carries even if Sanchez stays the starter. UNDER/pass yards – This number assumes Tebow starts one to two games, which the Jets better hope doesn't happen. He didn't even attempt a pass in Week 1 and while the Jets likely kept any tricks up their sleeve, this number seems unattainable without at least one start. UNDER/TD's – This is a tight one, but I'm thinking eight to nine total TD for Tebow with maybe one or two through the air and the rest with his feet.:

RB Shonn Greene: 1,250 rushing yards, 8 touchdowns

Donald Lappe:

- Slightly under on yards, over on touchdowns. Shonn Greene is a grinder and will put up similar numbers to what he did against the Bills all year, and will punch in some short scores.

Peter Schifani:

- Despite Greene got off to a slow start in the opener I would expect by the end of the year for him to be over in rushing yards, but under in touchdowns, again due to Tebow.

Chris Tripodi:

UNDER/rush yards – Despite 27 carries in Week 1, the Jets were playing ball control with a big lead. The coaching staff likes Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight and they will get some work as well, not to mention Greene seems unlikely to eclipse 325 carries or four yards per carry. UNDER/TD's – If it wasn't for Tebow's presence on the roster this would be an over, but I think Greene will fall a touchdown or two shy of this mark even after scoring last week.

RB Bilal Powell: 500 rushing yards

Donald Lappe:

- Under. Without Tim Tebow his numbers would be higher, not enough touches to go around.

Peter Schifani:

- While it would certainly be nice to see his improved off season amount to more touches, his role will be blocking back on third downs, so under.

Chris Tripodi:

UNDER – I think Joe McKnight will take too many snaps away from Powell for him to reach 500 rushing yards, but it should be close.

TE Dustin Keller: 1,000 receiving yards, 10 touchdowns

Donald Lappe:

- Under on both, but Dustin Keller will have another solid season

Peter Schifani:

- It could be a breakout year in the final year of his rookie contract, but already being slowed by injuries, under on both yards and scores.

Chris Tripodi:

UNDER/yards – It's tough to count on any Jets receiver to top 1,000 yards and Keller was well shy of that mark last season. Just one catch in the opener hurts too. UNDER/TD's – Keller has 10 TD's in the past two seasons combined and Stephen Hill should turn into Sanchez's preferred red zone target, if he already hasn't.

WR Santonio Holmes: 850 receiving yards, 8 touchdowns

Donald Lappe:

- Under on yards, over on touchdowns. The Jets will hit Santonio Holmes on some deep throws this season for long touchdowns, but the yards will be spread out over the receiving corps.

Peter Schifani:

- With Hill stretching the field, there will be underneath routes for Holmes to make more catches and yards after catch, but expect both numbers to be a push.

Chris Tripodi:

OVER/yards – If any Jet is going to chase 1,000 yards it's Holmes, who should enjoy a nice bounce back season as long as him and Sanchez stay on speaking terms. UNDER/TD's – Holmes is generally better between the 20's and while he always has the potential to break a long one, the presence of Hill and even Keller should keep him in the five to seven touchdown range.

WR Stephen Hill: 750 receiving yards, 5 touchdowns (well yes he already has two)

Donald Lappe:

- Under on yards, over on touchdowns, just like Santonio Holmes.

Peter Schifani:

- While he will have some big plays for much yardage, expect him to be under on yards, but over on touchdowns.

Chris Tripodi:

OVER/yards – Hill got off to a great start to the season against the Bills and while he will make his share of rookie mistakes, Sanchez needs a tall receiver to hit in the red zone and down the field and Hill has the play making ability to reach this number even with just 45 receptions. OVER/TD's – He's almost halfway already.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

RB/KR Joe McKnight: 850 return yards, 5 touchdowns

Donald Lappe:

- Over on yards, under on touchdowns. Joe McKnight will be an explosive returner once again, but the kickoff rules will limit how many returns he actually takes out of the end zone.

Peter Schifani:

- McKnight pretty much has the go ahead from Westhoff to take kick offs out when its under five yards deep so expect him to still eclipse the yardage, but just under on touchdowns, may be three for the year.

Chris Tripodi:

- 850 return yards should be a piece of cake for a player who went over 1,000 last year. But I find it difficult to count on more than one return TD and with the wealth of backs and options the Jets have on offense, five touchdowns seems unlikely.

WR/PR Jeremy Kerley: 350 return yards, 3 touchdowns

Donald Lappe:

- Over on yards, just under on touchdowns. Jeremy Kerley will get one more punt return touchdown before the season is over.

Peter Schifani:

- Kerley can be a crafty returner, slipping a few tackles, but eventually coverage catches up with him very often. Under on yards and touchdowns.

Chris Tripodi:

- 350 yards is a good over/under for Kerley on punt returns, but I'm going to go barely over. His lone return this season went for 68 yards and a touchdown and some improvement from his 317 yards last year should be expected and he won't be one of the team's top two receivers barring injury, so he should stay on punt returns.

Well once the 2012 NFL season is over we can look back and see how well we did overall at trying to predict how well the New York Jets would fare statistically. It will be interesting to see if we were close or way off the mark on most of these predictions. Let us know your thoughts on these and if you believe we did good or were way off base.

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