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With the preseason kickoff just 24 hours away the Jets seem to have a lot fewer questions to answer than in recent years.

Three questions in particular are already answered (no matter what any of the coaches say).

The #1 QB is already decided. Chad Pennington could have the worst preseason in the history of the NFL and he’ll still be behind center against the Patriots. Kellen Clemens could have the best preseason in the history of the NFL and he’ll open the season with his helmet in his hand. All of this is, of course, barring injury. And this should be Eric Mangini’s #1 goal over the next four games ~ for Chad to escape injury-free.

The kicking game is in a similar situation. Barring injury, Ben Graham and Mike Nugent will both be the starters. Both had great camps and even if they didn’t, they are far superior then anyone fighting for the position. Hopefully both will have superb games over the next four weeks. After all, it’s the one position on the field that should play a lot due to the minor risk of injury (did I just say that?).

Thomas Jones gives the running back position a solid #1 starter, something that wasn’t cemented until just before the opening snap last year, and changed throughout the season. Now, who will backup Jones is yet to be decided. The only certainty is it won’t be Cedric Houston (who left the team at the beginning of training camp for personal reasons) or Curtis Martin (no explanation necessary).

Other things to count on during Friday night’s game against the Falcons:

There will be more fans in the stadium who won’t see another game live all season than at any other game.

There will be less fans in the stadium after halftime than during any other game all season.

There will be at least a few animal rights groups protesting outside despite the fact that the Falcons have done everything legally possible to show their lack of support of Michael Vick at this point.

The new shuttle system will get its first test, and this is a huge chance for the Jets to prove it won’t be a nightmare all season. Stay tuned for Saturday’s report on how it worked.

Jon Buzby’s columns appear in newspapers and magazines around the country as well as numerous websites. He is also a frequent public speaker and has written two books. He can be contacted through his website at www.jonbuzby.com.

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