5 Games That Will Determine the New York Jets' Fate in 2013

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5 Games That Will Determine the New York Jets' Fate in 2013
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Nobody expects the New York Jets to compete for a playoff berth in the 2013 season.

The green and white have undergone ugly turnover, headlined by the exit of former franchise player Darrelle Revis.

The Jets reached a crossroad at the start of this offseason when it became apparent that the team would be forced to rebuild without the presence of its supposed prima donna, albeit a player that could be a supreme difference-maker for a team just footsteps removed from earning championship glory.

New GM John Idzik gambled on draft value, opting to trade Revis to the highest bidder. The Buccaneers won out despite rampant rumors that the San Francisco 49ers would pull the trigger.

The Jets' 2013 schedule is highlighted by matchups against perennial Super Bowl contenders like the Falcons, Patriots and Ravens, but Week 1 finds New York on the same turf as its former superstar.

It's an unprecedented clash between two teams that aren't touted as playoff-caliber, but the game's outcome will dictate the tempo of each team's season.

Week 1 serves as a starting point for the Jets for multiple reasons. It has the potential to represent the beginning of a new era if rookie quarterback Geno Smith becomes the team's main signal-caller. It also grants New York a chance to deny its former star player a stake at supremacy.

The following examines five key games that will determine the Jets' fate in the 2013 season.

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