New York Jets Must Avoid Reliving Past: Why This Week's Bills Game Is Crucial

Chris Dela RosaContributor ISeptember 30, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13:  Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets looks on from the sideline during their home opener against the Baltimore Ravens at the New Meadowlands Stadium on September 13, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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The Jets have shown their toughness and resilience last week with a victory over the once undefeated Miami Dolphins.  More than a week ago Jets receiver Braylon Edwards was arrested for DUI on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City.  Throughout the week, the Jets and Edwards were attacked by the media and criticized for the way they handled the situation with Edwards.  In the game against the Dolphins, Edwards was only was only suspended for only the first quarter which made the media even angrier with the whole fiasco.

This week, the Jets will be facing the Buffalo Bills who will be coming off a tough loss to the New England Patriots.  At the same time, it will be Santonio Holmes' last game on the sideline as a suspended player.  In the past, what has screwed the Jets over is their ability to lose games they should have won.  Last season, the Jets were professionals at blowing "easy-win" games.  During week 6, the Jets were going up against the Bills and in a game where the "ground n pound" tactic was supposed to overpower the struggling Bills, the Jets lost 16 to 13 in overtime.  A few months later, the Jets were going up against the Atlanta Falcons in a week 15 match-up.  In order for the Jets to make the playoffs without having to win both of their final games, they would have to beat the Falcons.  Yet again, in a game where the Jets were expected to win, with their number one defense and number one rushing offense, quarterback Mark Sanchez threw 3 interceptions and former Jets running back only ran for 52 yards. 

This season's match-up against the Bills is a must-win for the Jets.  With a win against the Bills by Tuesday morning the Jets will be tied with only one other team in the AFC East.  Tied with the Jets now are the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins, these two teams will face off on Monday night in Miami.  Last season the Jets were able to clinch one of the two wild card spots in the AFC, what separated them from winning their division was one game (the Patriots won the division with a 10-6 record), finishing the season 9-7.  Like last season, the race for the AFC East will be intense, the three top teams in the division have all been to the playoffs at least once in the last three seasons and they know what it takes to win a division.

Games like this weeks against the Bills may be the difference in the standings.  Two years ago when the Dolphins beat the Jets and went to the playoffs.  The teams had the same amount of wins and losses but the Jets had a worse division record.  When a win in  the division comes this easy, the Jets should not let it slip away.  In order for them to win Sunday's game; they will need to continue to play crisply and the offense needs to keep preventing turnovers.  It is unclear whether cornerback Darrelle Revis will be playing this Sunday due to his hamstring injury, which occurred during the home game against New England but the Jets should not play him since the Bills do not have much of a threat with their passing game and Antonio Cromartie should be able to handle Lee Evans.  This could be a make or brake game for the Jets down the road and the 0-3 Bills are desperate so expect a hard fought battle.