New York Jets: 5 Games the Jets Can't Afford To Lose
The New York Jets have a relatively tough schedule this season, taking on both the very talented NFC East and AFC West.
As any Jets fan will tell you, Gang Green does a great job of beating a team they are not supposed to, only to follow that up with a loss to a lower-tier team.
The Jets would love to at least have a single home game this postseason, and in order to do that, they are going to need to defeat the teams they are expected to beat.
The following slideshow featured five games the Jets must win if they want to have a shot at home field during the playoffs.
Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Jets 9/18
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The New York Jets open up their season in very tough fashion, playing some of the best teams in the league in the first five weeks.
The one team that the Jets must beat early on is the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jags may have had a winning record last season, but it seems unlikely they will be able to duplicate that effort again this year.
New York Jets at Denver Broncos 11/17
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The Denver Broncos may have a new coach, but they should still be one of the worst teams in the league next season, and an easy win for the Jets.
Tim Tebow may sell a lot of jerseys, but most experts believe he is in no way the quarterback of the future, and until the Broncos find that player, it will be hard to take them serious.
Playing in Mile High Stadium is never easy, but that should be no excuse for the Jets.
This game could be even more important if the Jets lose to the Patriots the week before and need to make a late push for a wild-card spot.
New York Jets at Washington Redskins, 12/4
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The only game against a NFC team that is a must win, the Jets will take on a Redskins team who could very likely have Rex Grossman as their quarterback.
The Skins had a great draft and could be good in a few years, but right now, they are the weakness of the NFC East, and the Jets need to make sure they get at least one out of conference win.
The Redskins were able to pull off some pretty big upsets last season, and the Jets need to make sure that doesn't happen to them.
Kansas City Chiefs at New York Jets, 12/11
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This game may surprise a few fans as a must win, as the Chiefs were one of the best running teams of the past season and could be a playoff team again this year.
That being said, I expect some sort of drop off this year, and the Chiefs like the Jets are going to be fighting for a wild-card spot if they can't win the division.
The Jets went after big defensive linemen early in the draft this year, and they better hope it pays off in a game like this.
With only three weeks left in the season after this game, the Jets have better make sure they can get their wins before it's too late.
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins, 1/1
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The final game of the regular season seems to always be a must win if the Jets want to make the playoffs and against a division team this game is extra important.
The Jets and Dolphins have had some heated exchanges the past few years, on and off the field (and right on the edge of the field too).
The Dolphins are going to struggle this season, and with division wins possibly being the tiebreaker between the Jets and Pats, it is important that they win as many as they can against the Fins and Bills.
Most importantly, the Jets want to be going into the postseason on a high note, and beating the Dolphins in their own stadium would do just that.