Can the Jets really make the playoffs despite starting 1-5? -David Dubovy
The Jets are 1-5 and the season hasn’t gone as we had hoped but the playoffs shouldn’t be out of the question. There is still a chance to salvage the season and make some noise in January. The Jets remaining is as follows: Week 8: Jacksonville Jaguars (3-4) Week 9: Miami Dolphins (0-6) Week 10: New York Giants (2-5) Week 11: Washington Redskins (1-6) Week 12: Oakland Raiders (3-3) Week 13: Cincinnati Bengals (0-7) Week 14: Miami Dolphins (0-6) Week 15: Baltimore Ravens (5-2) Week 16: Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4) Week 17: Buffalo Bills (5-1)
Those teams’ records total up to a whopping 21-44. This is the easiest remaining schedule in football based on the opponent’s records. If the Jets can beat a team as talented as the Cowboys, who couldn’t they beat on that schedule?
The Ravens, a possible SuperBowl contender, are arguably our hardest opponent remaining this year. If the Jets can go on a 7-game win streak leading up to the week 15 showdown vs the Ravens, the Jets can possibly win that game. Especially if the Jets look like they did vs the Cowboys. Going 9-1 or 8-2 the rest of the year should be just enough to squeeze into a wild card spot at 10-6 or 9-7.
It may not be likely that the Jets make the playoffs or even make a run at it, but don’t write them off quite yet. With a ridiculously easy schedule, Sam Darnold at quarterback, and the return of Chris Herndon, the New York Jets are not a team to count out just yet.