NY Jets: Analyzing the most winnable games on the remaining schedule

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The NY Jets have begun the season 0-4, but which remaining games are most winnable?

The NY Jets have looked nothing but awful in their first four games of the season. The team’s offense is tied for last in the league in yards per game and they rank 31st in points per game.

Additionally, the team’s defense ranks 30th in points allowed per game. It’s hard to win when you’re terrible offensively and defensively.

Even though the Jets played horrendously through three weeks, many believed they could win their Week 4 matchup because they were playing the 0-3 Denver Broncos, who were starting their third-string quarterback.

Despite that, the Jets failed to record their first win of the season. Many will point out that the Jets lost because their wide receiver corps was depleted, but the Broncos were without Courtland Sutton, who is easily better than any receiver on the Jets active roster.

Not to mention the absence of starting quarterback Drew Lock, who is far more valuable to the Broncos than any player is to the Jets that was inactive on Thursday night.

The Jets allowed undrafted third-year wide receiver Tim Patrick to record 113 yards and a touchdown on Thursday night. Patrick only recorded 96 yards in the previous three games combined.

If the Jets can’t stop Tim Patrick, how do they plan on covering Deandre Hopkins, one of the best receivers in the NFL, this Sunday?

The 0-3 Broncos starting their third-string quarterback will be the easiest team the Jets face all season. After failing to capture their first win last Thursday, we now have to ask if the Jets will win any games at all this season.

Outside of the Miami Dolphins twice, Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, and Arizona Cardinals every team remaining on the Jets schedule either has a winning record currently and/or made the playoffs last season.

Let’s analyze the Jets chances against the Dolphins, Chargers, Raiders, and Cardinals

Could the NY Jets beat the Miami Dolphins?

The Jets will square off with the Miami Dolphins in Weeks 10 and 12. The Dolphins are 1-3, but they played competitively against the New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, and Seattle Seahawks — three teams who have a combined record of 10-2.

Would it be shocking if the Jets got swept by the Dolphins this season?

Could the NY Jets beat the Los Angeles Chargers?

The Jets will face off against the Chargers in Week 6. The Chargers are better than their 1-3 record suggests — there’s a reason why in Week 2 they took the undefeated defending Super Bowl champions to overtime with a quarterback starting his first career game.

If Justin Herbert plays the way he’s been playing, we should not expect the Jets to beat the Chargers.

Could the NY Jets beat the Las Vegas Raiders?

The Jets will square up against the Raiders in Week 13. Last season, the Raiders were trounced by the Jets last season in MetLife stadium.

Unless improvements are made by Gang Green, we should not expect the same result.

Could the NY Jets beat the Arizona Cardinals?

The Cardinals are next up on the Jets schedule. After two consecutive losses, the Cardinals will be playing with a chip on their shoulder.

As previously mentioned, it is very hard to envision the Jets being able to contain Hopkins. Additionally, Sam Darnold will out this Sunday, which would mark the third consecutive season where he’s failed to appear in all 16 games.

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Only two teams in NFL history, the 2008 Detroit Lions and the 2017 Cleveland Browns have gone 0-16. If they fail to win one of their next 12 games, you could make a strong case that this year’s Jets are the worst team in NFL history.