New York Jets: Why Gang Green Is a Lock to Make the Playoffs

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst IOctober 27, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 21:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets reacts in the huddle in the fourth quarter during a game with New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The Jets are just 3-4, are without Darrelle Revis and Santonio Holmes for the rest of the year and have to play five of their final nine games on the road. 

So, how do they have a shot at the postseason?

Actually, there are many reasons. The most obvious being a cake-walk schedule from this point forward, and an incredibly weak AFC. 

New York faces rookie quarterbacks in their next two games against the Dolphins and Seahawks. Rex Ryan's defense should be able to force the two young signal-callers into multiple mistakes and give the team a great shot of coming away with the victory. 

If the Jets split those, they will still be 4-5 heading into a Week 11 game in St. Louis. The game will be a tough one offensively for the Jets, but the Rams lack the offense to give New York's defense much trouble. 

Expect Gang Green to win that contest and move to .500 on the year heading down the stretch. 

New York then hosts New England in a crucial Thanksgiving Night game. If New York falls, they will be 5-6 when the Cardinals come to town in Week 13. 

With an awful offensive line and no running game, the Cardinals will be unable to do anything offensively against New York. The Jets should take this game easily and put themselves back into the playoff hunt. 

Mark Sanchez and company will head to Jacksonville in Week 14 to face the Jaguars. New York should dismantle one of the worst teams in the NFL and move above .500. 


Gang Green then heads to Tennessee to face the Titans. The Titans struggle offensively at times, and their defense has been destroyed by the big play this season. 

The Jets should win this one with ease and move to 8-6. 

New York heads home in Week 16 to face a decent Chargers team. San Diego could give the Jets some trouble, as they boast a solid offensive unit led by Philip Rivers and Ryan Matthews. 

I still expect New York to win, however. 

The Bills are the Jets last regular season opponent. New York dismantled an awful Buffalo defense in Week 1, and they should do it again in Week 17. 

With such an easy schedule, New York has the ability to go 10-6 or 9-7. In a weak AFC, that will be enough for them to make the postseason. 

The Jets are competing with teams such as the Steelers, Colts, Chargers and Dolphins for a wild-card spot. 

All four of those teams have gaping holes and tougher schedules than that of New York.

Gang Green should beat them out and claim a playoff berth for the third time in the Rex Ryan era.