The NY Jets have undoubtedly defied the odds in the 2022 season. After starting the season at a 1-2 record, falling to the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals, the Jets find themselves with a 7-7 record.
The Jets sit fourth in the AFC East behind the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, and New England Patriots, and currently have the 9th seed in the AFC. With two teams in the AFC East ahead of them in the 7th and 8th seeds, it looks to be a tough road ahead.
With three games remaining, it's possible for the Jets to clinch a playoff spot. We provide some predictions for the team's final three games of the season
Week 16: NY Jets vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 16 will be a tough one for the Jets as, at this point in the season, they sit 7-7 and each contest is a must-win scenario.
While the Jaguars have struggled, their offensive versatility could hurt the Jets' defense. Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence has gotten much more comfortable throwing the football and taking off with the run as the season has progressed.
The Jaguars' defense has also started to find its rhythm and they sit just one seed behind the Jets in the playoff picture. With this contest being crucial for both the Jaguars and Jets, expect a high-tension match.
The safeties for the Jets' defense, centered around Jordan Whitehead and Lamarcus Joyner, will need to help in coverage and in the potential scrambling of Lawrence.
Offensively, the big headline will be whether or not Wilson has the locker room and if his production will become consistent. He has had a rough season, so Robert Saleh and Mike LaFleur need to be ready to set Wilson into scenarios for him where he is not having to create plays himself.
As the season draws to a close, an important growth for the Jets' offense will be the inclusion of wideout Elijah Moore in the game plan to be a more whole team. Early in the season, it seemed as though it was Corey Davis, Garrett Wilson, or not much production.
If this team wants to be a playoff contender, three-dimensional play will be the thing the Jets need to prove in Week 16. The game is set for a primetime Thursday kickoff and Saleh will want to make a statement on national television.
After falling to the Lions, the Jets find a bounce-back, win setting their win streak to one game with a 20-10 win. This win improves them to 8-7 on the season and keeps them in the playoff picture for one more week
With the Jaguars coming up from Jacksonville to take on the Jets in the ending weeks of December, the chance of cold and windy weather to be present is there. If this is the case, both teams will rely heavily on the run attack and the Jets have a ground-and-pound mentality to do so.
At this point in the season they would be 8-7.