The New York Jets and Cleveland Browns wage war in week 16 in a battle between two teams that are out of the AFC playoff chase.
New York’s big week 14 win over the Oakland Raiders kept them barely alive, but a 30-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers in week 15 ended their run at a wild card spot. Cleveland, on the other hand, lost their 10th game in week 15, and no longer has a chance at the playoffs, either. However, there is still a lot to fight for on both sides, as the Jets continue to see what they have in rookie quarterback Geno Smith, while both teams try to build momentum for 2014.
Another huge aspect of this game and the final two weeks for the Jets is the impending fate of head coach Rex Ryan. Will he get a break for rolling with a rookie quarterback and still being fairly competitive for most of the year? Will winning the final two games of the year and getting to 8-8 be the difference between Ryan keeping or losing his job? Only time will tell, but the decision on Ryan’s future likely starts in week 16.
Despite no chance at the playoffs for either team, this one is still $131 on average. That low price obviously has a lot to do with the Browns and Jets being out of the playoff race, but it’s also a solid value for Jets fans. New York has an opportunity to close their season strong with this favorable matchup, and a solid ending in the final two weeks could help build momentum into a more promising 2014.
Add the explosive Josh Gordon to the mix, and this is actually an interesting game, regardless of playoff implications. Down 13% overall and 25% for Jets tickets at home, this one figures out to round out as a value buy, if not an exciting battle that could play a hand in Ryan’s future with the Jets.