May 22, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan (left) and general manager John Idzik (right) during the New York Jets organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Which is the Biggest Game of the Second Quarter of the 2013 Season for the New York Jets?

Let’s continue along with our game of speculation. It’s way more fun, to start guessing what is going to happen, rather than wait for the season to start? Wait for the season? What fun is that? Let’s move on with our quarter by quarter breakdown of the 2013 season schedule.

If you missed the analysis of the first quarter, have a look by clicking here.

Here is the second quarter slate of games:

WEEK 5: at Atlanta
WEEK 6: vs. Pittsburgh
WEEK 7: vs. New England
WEKK 8: at Cincinnati

This group overall is going to be trouble. None of these four teams are going to be push overs. We have quite the experience over the years with Pittsburgh, both in regular season and post season play. The Jets have handled the Bengals in the past, but they have never been easy. Atlanta is always tough, and our friends from New England are never going to just pave the way for us, even without any tight ends.

So which game is the biggest? They are all big, but if I am picking one, I will go with the New England game, week 7.

First of all, the record may be at a real crossroads at this point. The Jets could legitimately be 2-4, or 3-3 at this point. A loss dropping the team to a 2-5 record could be devastating. This is the last time for the 2013 season that the Jets are going to see the Patriots, they are going to have to make it count. They need a win here.

This could be the day that changes Mark Sanchez’s career. If the Jets are at or near .500 heading into this game, and Mark Sanchez is the starter, he will be the starter. They won’t make a change, in my opinion, earlier than this, unless the record is already out of hand. So if we have seen Mark so far, you will see Mark now.

What if the game borders on getting out of hand come the third quarter? Could you see this being the game where we have the entrance of the Geno Smith era. To change pace and catch the Patriots off-balance, absolutely. And, if he leads them to a win over New England, you could end Mark’s career as a Jet with the final gun.

And if they are already out of it, imagine the excitement if this game turned into Geno’s first start? How great would that be? And how much greater would it be if he won the ball game?

They are all big games, I say that over and over again. But, if you had to pick one, I believe this to be the biggest one of the quarter. What do you guys think?

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  • Joe Willie

    beating the pats 2 times in a season would be heaven on earth– the jets escalating with a young team and QB while the other team declining with an aging QB and mismanaged player personal .

    • Bennny K

      Yes please!!!

      I hope the Jets keep their drive throughout the season and make every team worried to play us.

      I second Joe with Pats in the second quarter, although every win against these teams would be big.

  • Paul Newbold

    A whole lot of “If’s” surrounding the Jets this year! But like you said this article is about speculation and the fun of looking ahead. Normally I’d have to agree that NE would be a solid test, but less so with this season. I’d speculate that at this point in the season Atlanta might be the toughest test. Pittsburgh has its question marks this season as does NE, and Cincinnati is always a crap shoot! So, I’ll go week 5, if for no other reason than to continue the speculation! Jets 1- 3 going into week 5 is my prediction.

    • TheJetPress

      Exactly right Paul. We are in a slow time of year, there is no reason not to have fun and speculate. That’s the fun of it while we are all still 0-0

  • matr dontelli iii

    Once you get through the first weeks of the season, opponent-wise the most important game has to be the divisional game. The record and whatever the QB is doing could magnify the importance of a different game but in a bubble, winning the divisional game is the highest priority

    • TheJetPress

      Very true Matr, cannot diminish the significance of the games in the divison.

  • LakeShow

    it doesn’t mater I see them starting 1-8/0-9 and im a jets fan smh

    • TheJetPress

      It might happen that way Lake Show, but like we said it’s fun to speculate.