Like a lot of other teams at this point in the season, the Jets find themselves in the hunt for a playoff spot.
If the team is going to have any hope at all of returning to the post season, it needs to start with a victory Sunday over the Jaguars.
Like the Jets, the Jaguars are 4-4. But the Jets have a difficult road ahead of them after Sunday's home contest against the Jaguars. They have a road game at New England on Nov. 22, and then play
Those are two winnable games for Gang Green, but the final three weeks are going to be difficult. The Jets will be at home for
It doesn't look promising for the Jets, as seven teams already have five or more victories in the AFC. They are one of three teams, including the Jaguars, at 4-4. That's why this Sunday's game is so imperative.
It is also imperative that the Jets start to play better. They got off to a fast start, winning their first three games, before losing to
If there is one thing that is going to have to improve for the Jets, it is their defense. Coach Rex Ryan entered the season as a reputation for a defensive master, and the team is ranked second in the NFL in overall defense.
Yet they have not scored a defensive touchdown, and the team surrendered 31 and 30 points in its two losses to
"Let's not just be happy just getting the takeaway,'' Ryan said. "That's great, but we need to be aggressive with our mentality. We have to score when we get them."
Jets could also do more on the offensive side. Rookie quarterback Mark
Sanchez has played terrific at times, but has also been inconsistent
and downright bad at others. It would help to get a steady ground
attack to relieve some of the pressure on Sanchez, but the team misses
Leon Washington, who is on injured reserve and was the one breakaway
back on the roster. Thomas Jones (4.7 per carry, seven touchdowns) is
having a nice season, but he's not a home run hitter like
going to be interesting to see how this Jets season plays out over the
final half of the season. Watching the Eric Mangini disaster unfold in
But if this team doesn't at least make the playoffs, you have to wonder if Ryan is the right man for the job. After getting off to a quick start, a lot was expected from this squad, and missing the playoffs would be a sour way to start Ryan's regime with the Jets.