The New York Jets will be attempting history after the bye in 2019. Here are all the details and how the team plans on emulating Indianapolis.
The New York Jets haven’t been to the playoffs (cue Jim Mora here) since 2010 if they want to end the drought in 2019 they’re going to need to make history.
The green and white don’t have to look far to find inspiration. Back in 2018, the Indianapolis Colts started the season 1-5 and found a way into the playoffs with a historic second-half run.
Is it possible for the New York Jets to do the same in 2019?
New York Jets captain Jamal Adams said the playoffs are “definitely possible. It can definitely happen.” While franchise quarterback Sam Darnold said, “We’re going to go on a little run here. It’s going to be fun, but it’s going to take a lot of work.” – Via Rich Cimini of ESPN.
Certainly you need at least two things to accomplish this historic feat. Firstly, players have to believe and clearly they do. While the second thing you need is analytics.
Faith and hope is one thing, but if you don’t have the schedule it’s impossible to make filet mignon out of chicken s***.
Fortunately, the New York Jets also have the analytics on their side as well. Per NFL Insider Mike Clay, Gang Green has the easiest remaining schedule in the NFL.
The New York Jets are enjoying a bye in Week 4 but then will have 13 straight weeks of NFL action to close out the 2019 regular season.
Let’s dive a bit deeper into the schedule:
- The cumulative record of the Jets’ opponents is 16-24 so far this season.
- This schedule includes five games against winless teams so far this season.
The belief is there, the analytics are there, and the health is there?
So far this season the New York Jets have been snakebitten with key injuries across the board at quarterback, linebacker, and defensive line.
It appears that when the Jets emerge from their Week 4 bye that they’ll not only have a renewed outlook on the season but a clean bill of health to match.
Sam Darnold is expected to make a full recovery from mononucleosis, CJ Mosley is expected to return from his groin injury, and finally the No. 3 overall pick from the 2019 NFL Draft Quinnen Williams should also be ready to go.
Considering all of these factors, perhaps the Jets will be able to make history in 2019 for all the right reasons.