With 4 games to go before the NFL Playoffs, New York Jets fans need to start watching the scoreboards of other teams. At 7-5, the Jets do not hold the tiebreaker to most other teams so this week could prove to be huge.
Here are the big games to be aware of this week:
Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens – At 9-3, the Ravens are currently the first wild card team. With an easy game against the Colts, look for that to continue this week.
Houston Texans at Cincinnati Bengals – At 7-5, the Bengals are ahead of the Jets for the second and final wildcard spot. With upcoming games against St. Louis, Arizona and Baltimore, this could be a major game for Cincy… and the Jets. 3 more wins would mean the Jets must win out.
Oakland Raiders at Green Bay Packers – At 7-5, and tied for the AFC West lead, the Raiders are ahead of the Jets for the second and final wildcard spot. Facing a 12-0 Packers team in Green Bay looks good for Gang Green. The Raiders finish the season with the Lions, Chiefs and Chargers. Another potential 10 win team here.
New Orleans Saints at Tennessee Titans – At 7-5, the Titans face an explosive Saints team that has been disappointing on the road. With Titans running back Chris Johnson rushing for at least 130 yards in 3 of the past 4 games, the Titans could win this one. Remaining schedule has the Titans facing the Colts, Jaguars and Texans. In other words, the Jets need the Saints to win this game.
Chicago Bears at Denver Broncos – Also at 7-5, the Broncos, led by Tim Tebow, can’t be defeated. Tied with the Raiders for the AFC West lead (with the other team in the wild card hunt), the Broncos have a remaining schedule against the Patriots, Bills and Chiefs. We are starting to sound repetitive, but this is a huge game for the Broncos. A win here and they are looking at a 10-6 season. That means the Jets must win all 4 games to get to 11.