May 22, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) speaks with cornerback Mike Edwards (43) during the New York Jets organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Good morning gang. Hopefully, everyone’s case of the Mondays isn’t too bad, as we begin another work week, heading towards the opening of training camp in about one month. To help get through your Monday, we continue our breakdown of the 2013 schedule, quarter by quarter, speculating on which game is the biggest in each quarter.
There is where we have been, now let’s move ahead and see what Antonio Cromartie and company have in store for the final quarter of the 2013 season:
WEEK 14: vs. OaklandWEEK 15: at CarolinaWEEK 16: vs. ClevelandWEEK 17: at Miami
A little bit of deja vu in week 17? At least Wayne Hunter isn’t there, so only one of the combatants in the on field issue is in attendance.
Again, we have a quarter against teams that are improving. I don’t particularly enjoy watching the Jets run around against Darren McFadden, especially over the last few years. Cleveland is getting better by the day, and the Dolphins were better prior to adding Mike Wallace this offseason. And unless Cam Newton gets benched for Nate from the commercial, they will be tough as well.
So, assuming the season is still in doubt come week 14, which game is the biggest?
I am going to go back to the default idea of counting the division game twice as much, as say week 17 is the biggest.
Simply because divisional games are doubly important, we put the Miami game ahead. If the team is close, 9-6, 8-7, 6-9, 7-8, it will likely come down to this final game. With the improvements that Miami has made, it is not unforeseeable to see them at a comparable record as well fighting for a playoff spot.
A game within the division is always worth a game and a half, as Rex likes to say. Gaining ground in the division and conference makes it that way, which is why commissioner Goodell insisted on divisional games in the final week of the season. They are huge.
All of the games are big. There is no way around that fact when you only play 16 per season. But as a season goes along, some games jump out as bigger than others. We are just speculating, who knows how 2013 is going to go for us. These are just my thoughts on the matter. What do you guys say?