The BYE week came at a good time for the New York Jets, a team that’s lost two straight and four of their last five. At 3-5 on the season, it would be an understatement to say these Jets have been disappointing so far.
A week after falling just short against the New England Patriots (29-26) in a terrific effort on the road, everything fell apart for New York in Week 9.
Losing to the Miami Dolphins 30-9 is bad enough, but the fact that kind of beatdown was handed out at home makes matters that much worse. It’s completely unacceptable to lose by three touchdowns at home to a division rival.
Few selecting their NFL picks for Week 9 would have predicted such a result for the Jets, who had actually started to show signs of life after smashing the Indianapolis Colts in Week 7 and hanging tough with the Patriots.
Things don’t go any easier coming off their bye though, as New York will travel west to play the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks own one of the best home-field advantages in the NFL, so the Jets will have to be excellent on both sides of the ball to head back home with a victory.
Should they get a win over Seattle, the Jets could actually be in a good position to make a playoff run, funnily enough. They would then play the St. Louis Rams in Week 1, before consecutive home matchups with the Patriots and Arizona Cardinals. Then they play Jacksonville, Tennessee, San Diego and Buffalo over the final four weeks of the season. The schedule is in their favor.
Regardless, the Jets have to start playing much better if they want to have any aspirations whatsoever of reaching the postseason. A lot of problems will be addressed during the off week, and we’ll see how Rex Ryan’s team responds in Seattle on November 11.