After an abysmal performance which led to defeat against a division rival in the Buffalo Bills, the New York Jets will head into M&T Bank Stadium to take on the Baltimore Ravens with the vision of keeping their playoff opportunities alive.
The Jets, who are currently 5-5, hold on to the second Wild Card thanks to a tie breaker over the Miami Dolphins. Even though there are six games left in the season, the Jets game against the Baltimore Ravens could be the ultimate factor in deciding if they make the playoffs or miss out again for the third straight season.
The Jets and Dolphins are the only 5-5 teams in the AFC Conference; however there are currently six teams that are just one game behind, sitting at 4-6. If the Jets were to lose on Sunday, these teams all have an opportunity to either tie the Jets or take over the second AFC Wild Card spot.
The Jets remaining schedule isn’t a walk in the park as they have to face the Ravens, two games against the Dolphins, and matchups against the Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, and Carolina Panthers.
The Jets are a fledgling team who struggle to pass the ball successfully throughout this season so far, thanks to inconsistent play by rookie quarterback Geno Smith. Another thing that doesn’t help Smith’s consistency is that his receiver corps hasn’t been the healthiest bunch in the league this year including Santonio Holmes who has only played in five games this season due to injuries to his foot and his hamstring.
These wide receivers have combined for two 100 yard performances, both of which came against the Bills in week three.
While this team has alternated wins and losses all year, they need to win consecutively in order to be taken seriously and to stay in the playoffs.