With the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins both losing this weekend, the New York Jets have had as productive of a bye week that a 5-4 team could. The only thing that would have made this bye week better would have been if the Evil Empire, New England Patriots, would have taken a loss as well. We are in a really prime position to make a playoff push in the “second half” of the 2013 schedule. Our success though is contingent upon a few variables. Here is where we are at currently:
2013 AFC EAST STANDINGS
When I look at the remainder of the schedule there are only two games that I think that Jets will have a really tough matchup. As anyone who follows me on Twitter knows, I don’t think that Carolina game will be easy for the Jets. They have a stout defense and with Cam Newton as your QB, you are in a pretty good position to put up some points. Despite having a bad O-Line and Ray Rice having a miserable year, the Baltimore Ravens are the other team that I fear might be a roadblock on the Jets road to success. We never really play Baltimore well, but hopefully we could reverse that trend this year. Also, we still have yet to play Miami this year. I would factor in a split there because in today’s NFL it is really difficult to sweep a divisional opponent.
This week we finally get back a healthy Santonio Holmes who as we all know, when healthy is definitely a productive player in our lineup. He becomes even more important with Jeremy Kerley being out 3-4 weeks with his elbow. Kellen Winslow is coming back off his four game suspension for testing positive for p.e.d use. He and Geno were developing a good rapport before this suspension and he’s like a security blanket for him in the passing game. Our Defensive line has been dominant this year and it finally looks like Dee Milliner is putting it together as evidenced by his play last game against New Orleans. With everything gelling together, we need Geno to take command of that offense and win us some games. He has shown the ability in flashes but if he could do it consistently, there is no doubt in my mind that the New York Jets will be a playoff team at the end of the 2013 season.