First a few updates:
1. Mark Sanchez and Kellen Clemens split reps today at practice. Rex Ryan said Sanchez looked good today in practice but he will wait to see how he responds tomorrow morning before making a decision on who his starter is going to be. I would still be surprised if Kellen Clemens was under center again this weekend. Everybody who reported from practice today said Sanchez looked fine and was moving around with no problems.
2. Robert Turner is the only person who missed practice today with an injury. Dwight Lowery should be able to return to the line-up after missing the previous few weeks with an ankle injury.
3. I purchased NFL Rewind yesterday…quality product. Now all I need is a hotel with a good wireless connection in Italy, unless of course the Jets lose to Atlanta this weekend, then my laptop isn’t making the trip.
Jets Playoff Pipe Dream: Week 15 Viewing Guide
Three weeks to go in the regular season and the Jets still remain very much alive in the both the AFC Wild Card and AFC East race. They received some help last weekend since two of the teams in front of them (Denver and Jacksonville) both lost. However, Baltimore, Miami, and New England all took care of business… keeping the Jets playoff odds as fairly improbable. Here are the current standings and what games you need to be keeping an eye on in week 15. Dust off your Titans and Bills jersey…
- Indianapolis (13-0)
- San Diego (10-3)
- Cincinnati (9-4)
- New England (8-5)
- Denver (8-5)
- Miami (7-6)
- Jacksonville (7-6)
- Baltimore (7-6)
- NY Jets (7-6)
- Pittsburgh (6-7)
- Tennessee (6-7)
- Houston (6-7)
Indianapolis Colts (13-0) At Jacksonville Jaguars (7-6) – Very interesting game tomorrow night for Jets fans to keep their eyes on. Obviously, everyone is interested in seeing how long the Colts will play their starters especially Jets fans since we are playing in Indy next weekend. The best case scenario would be that the Colts play their starters for only a quarter but still find a way to beat Jacksonville or that they decide to play their starters the full game, beat Jacksonville and then rest their starters next week. I expect to see Peyton Manning and company for about a quarter, allowing Jacksonville to escape with a win…meaning we have to hope Jacksonville’s loss comes in one of their following two games.
New England Patriots (8-5) At Buffalo Bills (5-8) – Let’s go Buffalo…I have to say I got a good feeling about this game. I think New England is going to have a real tough time getting a victory in freezing Buffalo with an iffy running game and a questionable defense. The Bills should have confidence against the Pats since they should have beat them in week one and this game will basically be their Super Bowl since they have a chance to hurt the Patriots playoff chances. This would be a huge break for the Jets, if Buffalo could come through for them.
Miami Dolphins (7-6) At Tennessee Titans (6-7) – An elimination game for these two teams…I don’t know if Vince Young is going to suit up this weekend but obviously it would be a big boost if he did. Regardless, the Titans could still beat Miami with Kerry Collins behind center. Tennessee isn’t an easy place to play and the Dolphins have been inconsistent this season. Chris Johnson is motivated to break that single season rushing record and could be in line for a huge game. This would be another huge break for the Jets, if Tennessee could come through for them.
Houston Texans (6-7) At St. Louis Rams (1-12) – Why does this game matter? Jets fans want to see the Texans keep rolling and get back to .500 so they are confident/still have something to play for in their final two games against Miami and New England. Jets fans are going to be huge Texans fans in week 16 and week 17 so you might as well start rooting for them now.
Atlanta Falcons (6-7) At New York Jets (7-6) – The Jets have to take care of their own business for any of this to matter. I am going to be in the stadium on Sunday at 1 PM, constantly checking that scoreboard for the Titans/Dolphins and Bills/Patriots score and hoping that the Jets could keep their winning streak going. This is going to be a tough game for the Jets but I have faith in that defense and running game.
Chicago Bears (5-8) At Baltimore Ravens (7-6) – The Ravens have a relatively easy final three games and it is hard to imagine a crappy Bears team heading into Baltimore and getting a victory. Hopefully, Jay Cutler can remember how much money he is being paid, Matt Forte can remember the kind of player he was last year, and the Bears defense decides to wake up.
Cincinnati Bengals (9-4) At San Diego Chargers (10-3) – I will be rooting for the Bengals to catch a beating and start heading into a tailspin in the final weeks of the season. Maybe…just maybe, the 9-6 Bengals will be facing the 9-6 Jets in week 17, giving us a chance to beat them and hop over them in the standings…which would obviously involve Baltimore winning out and taking the AFC North title.
Oakland Raiders (4-9) At Denver Broncos (8-5) – You know that you aren’t a good quarterback when you are replaced by both Bruce Gradkowski and Charlie Frye…sorry JaMarcus Russell. Denver has traditionally been choke artists in December but it would be an all-time choke job to lose to Charlie Frye in their own building.
Green Bay Packers (9-4) At Pittsburgh Steelers (6-7) – Jets fans are also going to become huge Pittsburgh fans the final two weeks of the season, since they are playing Baltimore and Miami. So it would be smart to root for the Steelers to begin playing better this week by beating a strong NFC team.
Playoffs?…We Gon’ Make it