The Jets are 3-5 and coming off a bye week. The bye was sorely needed to get some of their myriad injured players back to health. Stephen Hill, Mike DeVito, Dustin Keller, Kenrick Ellis, Sione Pouha, Bart Scott, Joe McKnight, Bilal Powell and Clyde Gates are all nursing injuries and all have at least a chance to play on Sunday.
The Seahawks are 5-4 and will most likely remain in the hunt for the sixth playoff spot in the NFC. They have a difficult second half, including games against the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers. After this week, they have a bye and then two hard road games in Chicago and Miami. A 6-4 record feels very different during a bye week than 5-5.
For the Jets especially, there is no doubt that this is a game they cannot afford to lose. In the current playoff format, no team has ever reached the playoffs after starting 3-6. If they can instead win and get back to 4-5, they will be back in the playoff hunt. The AFC is not deep this year, and 9-7 is likely the target for reaching the playoffs.
In order to get that win and keep their season alive, here are 10 things the Jets must do.