Moving ahead into week three, the Jets take on the Buffalo Bills from MetLife Stadium. It’s not often that a game this early in the season is huge, but that’s exactly what it is for the New York Jets. The Road to MetLife Stadium in February takes a really tough turn for the Jets after this one. If they don’t win Sunday, the hole becomes even larger.
Take a look at the standings. You have the Patriots and Dolphins at 2-0, and the Bills are tied with the Jets at 1-1. The winner of our game on Sunday will go to 2-1, and at the very least, be in second place in the division. The loser will drop to 1-2, sole possession of last place.
1-2 might not be so terrible, except if you look ahead at the schedule for the Jets in the weeks moving ahead. The Jets’ schedule leading up to the bye week after week 9 is as follows: at the Titans, at the Falcons, host the Steelers, host the Patriots, at the Bengals, and host the Saints. Going .500 will be a tall order for the Jets over this stretch. 5-4 at the end of it looks a heck of a lot better than 4-5, doesn’t it?
The easiest way to earn a spot in the playoffs is to win your division, I don’t have to tell anyone that. Anyone that read this site can understand that. New England has already won two games in the AFC East, beating the Jets and the Bills. If the Jets lose to the Bills, they will be 0-2 in the division. With only six total divisional games, 0-2 is a rough hill to climb.
The Jets need this one on Sunday. It’s about as “must-win” as you can get for week three.