The Jets rose from 16th to ninth in ESPN’s Power Rankings this week after defeating the Cheeseheads on Sunday. Is Gang Green, however, a playoff contender? The squad has a 49 percent chance of entering the playoffs for the first time since the 2010 season, according to the New York Times playoff simulator.
The Jets’ remaining schedule does not appear to be difficult
Only two clubs have a winning record right now: Buffalo and Minnesota. New York’s next four games are against Denver (2-4), New England (3-3), Buffalo (5-1) and New England. The Jets could easily go 2-2 throughout that span.
Denver boasts a top-five passing defense, but their offense has struggled, scoring seven touchdowns in six games, the fewest in the league. The Jets appear to have an advantage if they rely on rookie running back Breece Hall, who has 318 all-purpose yards in the last two games.
As for the Bills, the Jets are unlikely to upset the Super Bowl favorites. Last season, Buffalo defeated New York twice, 45-17 and 27-10. However, against another AFC East foe, the Patriots, Gang Green should be able to secure a split.
The Patriots’ early offensive difficulties appear to have evaporated under the remarkable guidance of rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe, who has led the team to victories against the Lions and Browns in the last two weeks. However, keep in mind that the Browns and Lions have two of the worst defenses in the league, allowing 27.2 and 34 points per game, respectively.
In any event, when Mac Jones returns from injury, Zappe might be back on the bench shortly.
If the Jets win two of their next four games, they will be at 6-4. According to the New York Times, they have a 60% probability of making the playoffs from there. Those odds have to appeal to Jets supporters.