Dec 16, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamal Charles (25) is tackled by Oakland Raiders safetyTyvon Branch
(33), linebackerOmar Gaither
(53) and defensive tackleTommy Kelly
(93) at the O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Chiefs 15-0. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports
So, we continue our analysis of the Jets 2014 schedule. We are up to the third quarter, games 9-12. Over the last couple of days, we have been taking a look at the schedule for the upcoming season, broken up into quarters, four games each.
We have seen that the Jets’ schedule is quite tough in the first half, let’s see what the third quarter looks like:
AT CHIEFSVS STEELERSAT BILLSVS DOLPHINS
Finally, at least there is a little bit of a break in the schedule. Am I right? I mean, no game is easy, but the first half was about as brutal as a schedule can get.
Kansas City is always a tough place to play, because of that crowd noise. They aren’t Seattle, but they are up there. The biggest obstacle in that game, other than the crowd is the guy in the picture above, Jamal Charles. His speed style is the type that has given the Jets fits for many years. If they can keep Charles in check, Alex Smith doesn’t scare anyone.
Then the Jets host the Steelers. Through the years, the Steelers have been a tough out for the Jets. Big Ben is one tough cookie, isn’t he? Whenever he is on the field, beating Pittsburgh is not going to be easy. They just seem to pick up right where the leave off, every season, no matter the personnel. It’s hard to confidently pick a win in that one.
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After the bye, the Jets have two divisional games, one in Buffalo, and one back in New Jersey against the Miami Dolphins. Neither of these teams are particularly scary. If the Jets can keep C.J. Spiller in check, and keep Mario Williams out of the backfield, the Jets have an excellent chance. Yes, Stevie Johnson has given the Jets’ some problems in the past. Well, that cornerback that could stop anyone but him is now gone, and I think Dee Milliner has an excellent shot against him.
The Dolphins? Well, they are still the Dolphins. It’s always a good game when these two teams meet up. Rivalries always seem to end up that way. However, the Dolphins went through some Jets’ like locker room problems last season, and nothing they have done leads me to believe they are going to set the world on fire any time soon.
So, the Jets could legitimately go 2-2 or even 3-1 through this stretch. The question will be if it is enough to salvage the season.