4. The NY Jets favorable late-season stretch
During what could be a crucial stretch, the Jets play four of their last six games at home in December and January.
Saving the best for last, the Jets play the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Buffalo Bills in back-to-back weeks to end the season. Quite frankly, those two teams could be playing in the Super Bowl for the Lombardi Trophy when all is said and done.
The Jets are getting a Bucs team at home in Week 17 and will then make a short trip to Buffalo for the regular-season finale.
However, after taking a second glance, there is a strong possibility that Tampa and Buffalo may have nothing to play for when the Jets face them (although that same setting in 2020 didn't deter the Bills from crushing Miami's playoff hopes in Week 17 last season, despite playing their backups).
Normally, having the murderer's row line-up of playing Tampa and Buffalo in back-to-back weeks would be a death sentence and may still be for New York, but if the Jets have to play them in successive weeks, they get these killers at potentially the right time.
When it comes to the Jets 2021 schedule, the adage "it's not who you play but when you play them" comes to mind. The question is, can the Jets take advantage and have something to play for by season-end?
It's been a long time coming, and the odds are against them, but there are hints that their schedule and maybe lady luck might be on their side.