3. The NFC is wide open
One of the reasons it's not guaranteed to work for Aaron Rodgers in New York is the AFC competition. There is a clear contrast between the two conferences.
Rodgers' new home features several Super Bowl contenders and elite quarterbacks. The Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, and Baltimore Ravens provide competition in the AFC. Then there's the Kansas City Chiefs, the best team in the NFL, who have hosted five consecutive AFC Championship Games and won two of the past four Super Bowls, playing in three.
In the NFC, there are the Philadelphia Eagles.
The San Francisco 49ers are contenders but face uncertainty at quarterback. The Dallas Cowboys are playoff regulars but have been unable to take that next step. The NFC North and NFC South divisions could be wide open.
Had Rodgers stayed with the Packers, he would've had a tremendous opportunity to get back to the playoffs. And once you're there, anything can happen.
Navigating through the AFC won't be easy. Good teams will go home early in the playoffs. Rodgers' Jets might have to get past the Bengals or Bills just to meet the Chiefs at Arrowhead.
Even if the Jets win their division, making it to the Super Bowl won't be easy in the AFC.