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Minnesota Vikings 2014 opponent profile: New York Jets

Adrian Peterson (28) runs the ball in the last meeting between the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Jets.
Adrian Peterson (28) runs the ball in the last meeting between the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Jets.
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The Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets haven’t played since 2010. The Jets won that game by nine points in East Rutherford, NJ.

2013 Record: 8-8 (tied for second in the AFC East)

2013 Offensive Statistics: 18.1 points per game, 318.1 total offensive yards per game, 134.9 rushing yards per game, 183.3 passing yards per game, 29 turnovers

2013 Defensive Statistics: 24.2 points allowed per game, 334.9 total offensive yards allowed per game, 88.3 rushing yards allowed per game, 246.7 passing yards allowed per game, 14 turnovers forced, 47 sacks

Head Coach: Rex Ryan (Sixth season in New York)

Key Returning Offensive Players: OL Willie Colon, TE Jeff Cumberland, OT D’Brickashaw Ferguson, WR Clyde Gates, WR Stephen Hill, OT Ben Ijalana, RB Chris Ivory, WR Jeremy Kerley, C Nick Mangold, WR David Nelson, RB Bilal Powell, QB Geno Smith

Key Returning Defensive Players: S Antonio Allen, LB Antwan Barnes, LB Nick Bellore, LB Quinton Coples, LB Jermaine Cunningham, CB Ras-I Dowling, LB A.J. Edds, DT Kenrick Ellis, LB David Harris, S Jaiquawn Jarrett, S Dawan Landry, CB Dee Milliner, LB Calvin Pace, DT Sheldon Richardson, DL Muhammad Wilkerson, CB Kyle Wilson

Free Agent Additions: WR Eric Decker, WR Jacoby Ford, OT Breno Giacomini, RB Chris Johnson, CB Johnny Patrick, CB Dimitri Patterson, QB Michael Vick

Draft Picks: Round 1, Pick 18 - Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville; Round 2, Pick 49 - Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech; Round 3, Pick 80 - Dex McDougle, CB, Maryland; Round 4, Pick 104 - Jalen Saunders, WR, Oklahoma; Round 4, Pick 115 - Shaq Evans, WR, UCLA; Round 4, Pick 137 - Dakota Dozier, OT, Furman; Round 5, Pick 154 - Jeremiah George, LB, Iowa State; Round 6, Pick 195 - Brandon Dixon, CB, Northwest Missouri State; Round 6, Pick 209 - Quincy Enunwa, WR, Nebraska; Round 6, Pick 210 - IK Enemkpali, DE, Louisiana Tech; Round 6, Pick 213 - Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson; Round 7, Pick 233 - Trevor Reilly, LB, Utah

Outlook: The Jets are a hard team to figure out. They won eight games last season, despite having the third worst turnover differential and seventh worst scoring differential in the league. That pretty much describes Rex Ryan’s tenure as Jets head coach. They have outplayed expectations every year, including back-to-back AFC championship game losses in 2009 and 2010.

They should be expected to finish right around the .500 mark again this season. However, with a strong defense and the additions of Eric Decker and Chris Johnson to the offense, they should be able to challenge the New England Patriots for the division title.

Despite having the division crown in sight, they still have question marks at quarterback - who is going to start and will whoever it be effective enough, offensive line - one of the worst groups the Vikings will see in 2014 and cornerback - injuries have become a problem already during the preseason.

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