The entire NY Jets organization may be clouded in a wave of pessimism following the team's ugly 27-6 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football, but the Jets are still very much in the thick of the AFC playoff race.
While Monday's loss to the Chargers certainly did them no favors, the Jets have an opportunity for a get-right game against the Aidan O'Connell-led Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday night.
The Jets enter the game with a 4-4 record, one game back of the final AFC wild-card spot and 1.5 games back of the Miami Dolphins in the AFC East. A win over the Raiders would go a long way toward boosting their postseason odds.
Pro Football Focus currently gives the Jets a 40 percent chance of making the playoffs, but with a win over the Raiders, those odds shoot up to 54 percent. A loss, however, would see those odds plummet to just 25 percent.
That means this week's Jets/Raiders matchup has more at stake than most NFL games this weekend. This is a crucial game for both teams.
The NY Jets essentially need a win against the Raiders
The Jets had a chance to improve their playoff odds to a whopping 65 percent with a win over the Chargers last week. Unfortunately, Monday night didn't go exactly as planned for Gang Green.
Zach Wilson and the offense struggled mightily against a porous Chargers defense, managing just six points despite 49 pass attempts. The Jets haven't put together a touchdown drive of more than one play since Week 4.
They have an opportunity to change their fortunes against a subpar Raiders team in Week 10. The Raiders seem rejuvenated following the firing of former head coach Josh McDaniels, but this is still very much a winnable game for the Jets.
Ultimately, their success (or lack thereof) will boil down to the play of Wilson and his supporting cast. Maxx Crosby is a nightmare matchup for a beaten-up Jets offensive line that will be starting a new right tackle on Sunday. He has the potential to wreck this game.
If the Jets get more of the same from Wilson and their offense, it likely won't matter how dominant their defense is against O'Connell and company. The offense needs to be better.
The Jets have a chance to save their season and drastically improve their playoff odds this week. If not, it might be time to start preparing for a 13th year in a row without a postseason appearance.