New York Jets – 10 Is The Number

Joe Caporoso on the New York Jets final seven games and if they have a reasonable chance to make the playoffs

The New York Jets have made their lives substantially more difficult with their play over the past month. A 1-3 stretch has left their record at 5-4 overall and in the middle of a muddled AFC Wild Card Race. Do they have enough for the final seven games to play in January? Let’s take a closer look…

Unless somebody gets unexpectedly hot in the bottom half of the AFC, there are two spots between the Jets, Oakland, Buffalo and Pittsburgh. With losses already to Oakland and Buffalo, 9 wins likely isn’t enough for the Jets to feel comfortable about getting a spot. 10 wins should be enough considering the upcoming slate of games for the other three teams the Jets are competing with. This leaves the Jets needing to go 5-2 in their final 7, as of now this is one man’s opinion on the difficulty of their remaining games…

  1. Vs. New England, Week 16 – The best team in the NFL comes to MetLife. It isn’t out of the realm of possibility that the Patriots could be resting players in this game.
  2. At Buffalo, Week 17 – Always a difficult place to play and it is almost impossible to see this game not having playoff implications for both teams.
  3. At New York Giants, Week 13 – An “away” game against a decent Giants team that is currently leading the NFC East.
  4. At Dallas Cowboys, Week 15 – Tony Romo should be back for this one but it will be interesting to see how Dallas handles their roster in December if they lose a few more games (currently 2-6).
  5. Vs Tennessee Titans, Week 14 – Marcus Mariota has put together an impressive rookie season and there is some offensive talent spread throughout the Titans roster. They also no longer have to deal with Ken Whisenhunt’s incompetence.
  6. Vs. Miami Dolphins, Week 12 – Yes, this is a division game but the Dolphins have been awful in AFC East games this season, including a week 4 whipping at the hands of the Jets.
  7. At Houston Texans, Week 11 – Maybe I’m underestimating them but I think Houston is one of the 3 worst teams in the NFL.

So that means the Jets most winnable remaining games are upcoming the next two weeks. These are two must wins and if they are taken care of, it means the Jets just need to manage a 3-2 record over their final 5 to hit 10-6 and grab a wild-card spot. Things can change but if I had to predict today, if the Jets handle business the next two weeks, they’ll be able to do enough to be a playoff team. If the suffer a let down in either game, they are going to fall short.

For today, Jets fans should be ready to root for Minnesota, Cleveland, Denver and Cincinnati.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports