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How serious of a playoff contender are the New York Jets in the AFC?
Joe Caporoso - This week will be a good measuring stick for the Jets as a playoff contender in the AFC. Losses to Tennessee and Pittsburgh loom large, as conference tie breakers will come back to haunt the Jets unless they start getting some AFC wins. Cincinnati is more than likely going to win the AFC North, so going into their building and getting a win would be a nice statement and also set the Jets up well at 5-3 to make a second half run. Their schedule is manageable in the second half to an extent. This isn’t a team who is going to finish 7-1 or even 6-2. 5-3 sounds more realistic and if they can get to 5-3 with a win this week, that adds up to a 10-6 record that just may sneak them in.
Mike O’Connor - Oh no, the inevitable question when a team is above .500. Realistically, the Jets are right in the heat of the AFC contention, but it’s still to early to even start monitoring the “playoff race. seven games into the season. The Jets’ remaining schedule has two sides to it: a rough stretch (in the thick of it right now), and an easy finish. If the Jets can fight through the next three games with some wins, than they will have certainly proved themselves as a contender.
However, the Jets are simply to inconsistent of a team to think they can string out wins when they should be winning. After all, this is the team that had a bomb dropped on them by the Titans with a side of Ryan Fitzpatrick, and were stoned by the winless Steelers. The Jets win not only have to claim a win in these tough games upcoming, but they’ll need to beat the teams inferior to them down the stretch. We should definitely revisit this question 12 or so games into this season, but I’d say it’s in the Jets’ hands if they want to be a legit contender or not later in the 2013 season.
Connor Rogers – The Jets are off to a fantastic start in what was viewed as a “rebuilding” year by many. Geno Smith is flashing franchise quarterback ability and the young defense is one of the better units in the league. With that being said, they have a lot of work to do to be playoff contenders as we approach the halfway mark of the season. A road win over the Falcons and a home win versus the Patriots are signs that the Jets can hang with anybody. A home loss to the Steelers and road blowout to the Titans are also signs they are a young team still in the development stage. This may not sound bold, but the Jets playoff chances are about 50-50 right now.
The second half of their schedule, excluding the Saints, is quite soft. If they beat teams that they are better than, they should finish at least 9-7. The AFC is highly competitive with solid young teams like the Chiefs and Titans showing superb improvement, making the last playoff seed a tough grab. All that matters is the Jets are alive and well, with a lot of doubters left to silence as the season progresses.