22. New York Jets
> Avg. odds: 65/1
> 2018 record: 4-12
> Strength of schedule: 2nd easiest (tied)
> Key addition: Le’Veon Bell
The Jets appear to be a team on the rise, led by 2018’s third overall pick Sam Darnold. If Darnold can play up to his capability in 2019, the Jets can have a much better season than 2018, when they went 4-12. But new coach Adam Gase had a losing record in his three years at the helm in Miami, and it may be too much to expect a Super Bowl from a team that was so bad so recently.
21. Carolina Panthers
> Avg. odds: 45.6/1
> 2018 record: 7-9
> Strength of schedule: 16th hardest (tied)
> Key addition: Bruce Irvin
The Carolina Panthers finished 2018 with a middling 7-9 record thanks to a mediocre offense and defense, which ranked 14th and 19th in points that season, respectively. Oddsmakers and experts see little to indicate that the Panthers will greatly improve on their previous season’s performance in 2019.
20. Tennessee Titans
> Avg. odds: 47/1
> 2018 record: 9-7
> Strength of schedule: 9th hardest
> Key addition: Cameron Wake
The Tennessee Titans have posted a 9-7 record in each of the last three seasons. But oddsmakers and experts expect the team to take a step back in 2019. Marcus Mariota, the Titans’ QB since 2015, has yet to show the improvement fans have hoped for, though he has struggled with injuries. The Titans will hope their new offensive linemen Rodger Saffold and Kevin Pamphile will keep him healthy in 2019.
19. Indianapolis Colts
> Avg. odds: 54/1
> 2018 record: 10-6
> Strength of schedule: 7th hardest (tied)
> Key addition: Justin Houston
Ahead of the 2019 season, the Indianapolis Colts were projected to be one of the top Super Bowl contending teams. Then QB Andrew Luck retired at age 29, throwing the team’s season into disarray. Barring a trade, Jacoby Brissett is slated to start for the Colts at QB. He filled in for Luck when he missed the 2017 season with an injury, leading the Colts to a 4-12 record.
18. Baltimore Ravens
> Avg. odds: 35/1
> 2018 record: 10-6
> Strength of schedule: 12th easiest (tied)
The Baltimore Ravens won their division on the strength of their top-rated defense last season. But with players like C.J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs, and Za’Darius Smith departing via free agency, the team could take a step backward. The Ravens’ season will hinge on the performance of second year QB Lamar Jackson, who will begin the season as the unquestioned starter for the first time.