It feels bleak as we hit this weekend. 3-5, the Jets have a hard road to run to get back to the playoffs. But remember, they got there in 2009 with a 9-7 record. A 9-7 record is not impossible in 2012.
Take a look at the remaining schedule:
ROAD GAMES:Seattle, St. Louis, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Buffalo
HOME GAMES:New England, Arizona, San Diego
All of the road games are winnable. The Jets have had the number of young quarterbacks since Rex has gotten here. The Jets should be Seattle and Jacksonville. Yes, the Jets have difficulty going out west, but this is a winnable trip. The Jets have beaten on Buffalo a lot, that’s a third win. St. Louis has improved, and Schottenheimer will be looking for blood, but the Jets can win that game. The toughest will be the game against the Titans, and could have a lot to do with the fate of this Jets team.
Arizona is a very winnable game at home. Then we have New England, we obviously have seen that go either way. The San Diego game may very well be a swing game as well, that could spell the difference between 9-7 and 8-8.
9-7 could make the playoffs in the very even AFC. If the Jets play a heck of a lot more consistenly than they did in the first half, a 6-2 record for the final eight is possible. In a week, we will start to see how possible.