The New York Jets come off their bye this week at 3-5 at the midpoint of the season. Their reward: A lengthy road trip to CenturyLink Field to play the Seattle Seahawks (5-4).
New York is in a must-win situation at Seattle, which is always tough at home. The Seahawks are 4-0 at raucous CenturyLink Field this season.
A loss to the Seahawks would all but end any chance of the Jets making the playoffs. A friend of the AFC East blog, ESPNNewYork.com’s Rich Cimini, thinks the Jets still have a shot at the postseason. New York must go at least 6-2 in the second half of the season to finish 9-7.
New York’s second-half schedule isn’t tough, but the next three games could determine their season. Here is a look:
Week 10: at Seattle (5-4)
Week 11: at St. Louis Rams (3-5)
Week 12: vs. New England Patriots (5-3)
Sunday’s game is the most important. The rest of the schedule doesn’t matter if New York can’t win in Seattle. Potential road victories over Seattle and St. Louis could get the Jets back to .500 before facing their biggest rival – the Patriots – in a rematch at home.
But I think the playoffs are a pipe dream for this year’s Jets. This team doesn’t have enough depth to withstand injuries or talent on offense to win enough games.