A New York Jets Fans’ Viewing Guide: Week 13
By Alan Schechter
Sep 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; From left, football fans Kerlix Louisjeam , Ken Cooper Ayana Louisjeam , Gerald Cajuste , and Gemyse Cajuste tailgate before the start of the game between the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
OK Jets fans, welcome to week 13. Well, almost week 13. Tomorrow, week 13 continues as the Jets host their first of two matchups with the Miami Dolphins.
We are into the last quarter of the season, and the Jets are in the playoff hunt. No, not in the driver’s seat in sixth place, as they were last week. Now, they come into this week at the number 10 seed. There are several teams all locked up with six losses, so the Jets are right in the mix.
I thought I would bring you a viewing guide to this week’s action. Of course, none of it means much if the Jets lose again. But, aren’t we all a little guilty of keeping track of the other teams that are in the race, when our team is as well. We all do it, and there is nothing wrong with it.
With that, I bring you here in one place, the games we need to keep an eye on, and the teams we need to root for, as the Jets fight to stay in the playoff hunt:
Note: Team to root for will be in bold.
Titans at Colts: It’s pretty straightforward why we are interested in this one. Based on tiebreakers, the Titans currently hold the last playoff spot in the AFC with their 5-6 record. As we know, we share the 5-6 record, but have already lost to the Titans earlier this season. We are going to need to finish in front of these guys to have a chance at that final seed.
Bengals at Chargers: It does seem awkward to be rooting for a team that is near the top of the league, and has beaten your team. In this case, however, it is more than appropriate.
The Bengals head to San Diego to take on the 5-6 Chargers. The Chargers have a better conference record than the Jets, and you want to finish higher than any team that has tiebreakers on you, for obvious reasons. So, I will have more incentive than my fantasy football team to root for the Bengals.
Steelers/Ravens game not included as it already took place at the time of this post.
Falcons at Bills: The Bills are behind us with a 4-7 record, granted. But we need to keep them there. Why? Because we didn’t sweep the series against them. Unfortunately we split, leaving all kinds of tiebreaking scenarios in play. Keep them down, let’s go Atlanta.