Is 2-3 the death sentence that many are making it out to be for the New York Jets playoff hopes? There is no question the Jets have put themselves in a serious hole in the AFC East, being already two games behind both Buffalo and New England and they haven’t helped themself in the wild-card race. Yet, let’s look at a realistic way they could climb to 10-6…a record that won’t guarantee a playoff spot but will give them a puncher’s chance to get in.
Out of their remaining 11 games, the following needs to occur
- Take 2 out of 3 from their remaining NFC East opponents. This isn’t an easy task but certainly a doable one, considering the Giants inconsistencies (they just lost to Seattle at home), the Eagles awful start and Redskins being a good, but far from great team.
- Beat both Kansas City and Denver. They get Kansas City at home and Denver on the road in primetime on a short week. However, these are both teams that shouldn’t win more than 5 or 6 games this year.
- Sweep Miami. The Dolphins are arguably the worst team in the AFC this year…no letdowns.
- Split with Buffalo. The Bills are a feisty but beatable bunch as we saw in their loss to Cincinnati.
- Split with New England/San Diego combo. The Jets have both of them at home, including a primetime showdown with the Pats. You have to get one.
This outcome probably won’t lead to a division title and but should be enough to sneak the Jets in as a wild-card, where they have done some damage the previous two years.