Originally posted on Turn On The Jets  |  Last updated 10/31/11

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MAY 02: Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets holds up a picture of rookie running back Shonn Greene as he speaks to the media during minicamp on May 2, 2009 at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

After all of the hysterics and theatrics of the New York Jets three game losing streak, here is their current situation after 8 weeks of football.

  • Buffalo: 5-2
  • New England: 5-2
  • Jets: 4-3

One game behind both the Patriots and Bills, with two games left against Buffalo and one left against New England, in complete control of their own destiny after an extra week to get healthy and prepared.

Rex Ryan has already talked about the Jets making “their run.” The schedule breaks favorably for them after these two games. There is no reason they shouldn’t win 5 of their next 6 and be 9-4 heading into their final three games. Of course, it is easy to say those kind of things on paper. However, at a minimum the Jets must find a way to split these next two. If they happen to take both, they would assert themselves as the best team in the division.

Can they build off their second half against San Diego, which was their best of the season? A power running game, an improving Mark Sanchez and a defense thriving in Rex Ryan’s creativity is a tough formula to beat. Buffalo has been the darling of the AFC early this season, with everybody enjoying their surprising success. The Jets should be keyed up to smack them in face and remind everybody who should be taken most seriously as a contender in the AFC East.

Other Notes

  • Start to appreciate how great Darrelle Revis has been this year
  • The Jets signed former Bills tight end Shawn Nelson today to the active roster, besides offering information on Buffalo he could provide an upgrade to Matthew Mulligan.
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