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Final slate of games will define Jets season

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 29: Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson #96 of the New York Jets celebrates a tackle against running back Tevin Coleman #26 (not pictured) of the Atlanta Falcons during the third quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on October 29, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 29: Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson #96 of the New York Jets celebrates a tackle against running back Tevin Coleman #26 (not pictured) of the Atlanta Falcons during the third quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on October 29, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Coming out of the bye week, the New York Jets will take on a much tougher schedule and will be truly tested.

Sitting at 4-6, the New York Jets face a very tough uphill battle. Out of all 32 teams, the Jets have the hardest schedule to play out. The four out of six remaining opponents are current playoff contenders. No one believes the Jets can make a playoff run except themselves which is good since they’ve done a great job at blocking out all the “tanking” noise from the outside. They have had many doubters that they don’t even worry about as they just worry about themselves.

This team all season long has played with a chip on their shoulder which as a fan you can not be mad at them for it. They have surprised many with winning four games already. They have won more than what anyone could have predicted. They have a lot of young impressive talent on both sides of the football. This season has had its ups and downs as it will be a good learning experience for them in the future.

In Week 12, they face a very powerful team in the Carolina Panthers. They will be facing an impressive offense led by Cam Newton and a two-headed running game between Jonathan Stewart and Christian McCaffrey. The Jets offense will face the number one defense in the league lead by linebacker Luke Kuechly. The defense of the Panthers has been a true nightmare for opponents this season. It is a good test for the Jets to start the final slate of games against the Panthers to see if they adjusted during their bye week.

The defense will have its hands full with facing powerful offenses that they have not faced yet this season. They need to play smart and efficient football which is the only way they could win if they want to compete in these tough matchups. The secondary of the Jets needs to stop with these foolish penalties which allows opponents offenses to continue their drives. Of the six losses, the majority of penalties are caused by the secondary.

In the four games they have won, the secondary played smart and efficient as they looked unstoppable. They don’t need to make mental mistakes because it will as always, end in a negative way. The frontline needs to apply consistent pressure as it’s been an issue so far this season. The Jets defensive line needs to use their speed and quickness because they can cause havoc if they’re able to bring it early and often.

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They need to continue to play with the mindset of them against the world because no one believes anything special can happen from this team. The team needs to continue this tight bond they have amongst each other and chime out all the naysayers.  Now it is time to put up or shut up in proving people wrong by ending the season on a high note, which will define this year as a success.

With the remaining opponents being the Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, and Los Angeles Chargers, it’ll be a tough slate of games as they finish the season against the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. It won’t be easy but again, this team will fight week in, week out and play the very best they can.

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No team in the NFL wants to hear about tanking the season just so they can get a good draft pick. The Jets were thought to be doing that but it looks like they weren’t even close to allowing that as they want to win just like everyone else. They are the underdogs in every game and have competed in many games. They are making strides in making this franchise a successful one that teams will be afraid to play in the future. It is a process and the players and fans believe in what they are trying to do. Jets fans continue to be patient and I could promise you that it will be well worth it at the end.

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