Back in 2009 when Turn On The Jets was still a member of the Fanball Sports Network, we ran a weekly series of articles over the second half of the season as the New York Jets made an improbable run to the playoffs. If you remember, the Jets dropped to 4-6 that season but due to the general mediocrity of the conference, they were able to rally back against a soft schedule and make the playoffs at 9-7. Every bit as unlikely it seems that the Jets will make the playoffs this season, it was even more unlikely in 2009 when they dropped to 4-6 after getting smacked by the New England Patriots. Maybe we are being superstitious. Maybe we are just bored. Regardless, here is the starting point for the Jets playoff pipe dream -
The Current Standings
New England (5-3)
San Diego (3-4)
Kansas City (1-6)
Second Half Schedule
Realistically, the Jets need to go 6-2 over the second half of their season to have hopes of stealing a wild-card. Here is one man’s opinion of the order of difficulty of their remaining games -
At Seattle – Considering their pass rush and their homefield advantage. This isn’t a great match-up for the Jets to say the least.
Vs New England - Most would probably put New England higher than Seattle. I disagree. The Jets will have confidence from their early season match-up and New England still has their issues on defense.
At St. Louis - A tough place to play. A tough defense and an offense led by Brian Schottenheimer that will empty out the entire playbook.
At Tennessee - Not an easy place to play and they have weapons on offense.
At Buffalo - The Jets have had Buffalo’s number under Rex Ryan, regardless of where the game is.
Vs San Diego - The bottom is falling out on their season and the Jets have had their number. Never mind getting them at home in December.
Vs Arizona - In the middle of a 4 game losing streak that could be much longer by this match-up. Another warm weather team coming to MetLife in December.
At Jacksonville - TEEEE-BOWWWW
As you can see, we are going to find out right out of the gate if the Jets are going to compete the second half of the season or not. Their three hardest games are their first three games. They need to find a way to take 2 of those 3, which leaves them at 5-6 needing to go 4-1 against Arizona, Jacksonville, Tennessee, San Diego, Buffalo…not the craziest of thoughts. Right? Right?!
Week 9 Viewing Guide
Kansas City (1-6) at San Diego (3-4) - Root for the Chiefs. A loss here puts San Diego’s season in complete chaos and means they probably aren’t playing for anything in the December match-up against the Jets.
Denver (4-3) at Cincinnati (3-4) - Root for Denver, who is going to win the AFC West and could hurt a AFC wild-card contender.
Baltimore (5-2) at Cleveland (2-6) - Root for Cleveland. Keep the AFC bunched together.
Chicago (6-1) at Tennessee (3-5) - Root for Chicago. Always go NFC.
Miami (4-3) at Indianapolis (4-3) - Root for the Colts. The Jets have a tie-breaker with them and who wants to see Miami win?
Buffalo (3-4) at Houston (6-1) - Root for the Texans. Knock Buffalo a little further out of contention.
Tampa (3-4) at Oakland (3-4) - Root for the Bucs. Always go NFC.
Pittsburgh (4-3) at Giants (6-2) - G-MENNN.
Keep the pipe dream alive!
TOJ Thursday Night Picks
Joe – Chiefs (+7.5)
Chris C – Chiefs (+7.5)
Rob – Chargers (-7.5)
Mike – Chargers (-7.5)
Chris G -