New York Jets: 5 Games the Jets Can't Afford To Lose

Chris LeydenCorrespondent IIMay 19, 2011

New York Jets: 5 Games the Jets Can't Afford To Lose

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Tony Richardson #49 and Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets walk towards the sideline late in the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pit
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    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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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 15:  Shonn Greene #23 of the New York Jets runs the ball against Justin Durant #56 of the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 15, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Jacksonville defeated the Jets 24-22.  (Ph
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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.

    With games against Dallas and at Oakland, Baltimore and New England in the first five weeks, the Jaguars game becomes that much more important.

New York Jets at Denver Broncos 11/17

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    DENVER - OCTOBER 17:  Running back LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the New York Jets celebrates his touchdown against the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on October 17, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Jets defeated the Broncos 24-20. (Photo by Justi
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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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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 27:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets in action against the Washington Redskins  during their preseason game on August 27, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium  in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Imag
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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.

    FedEx Field is the biggest in the NFL, and in December, the conditions may not be great for Mark Sanchez. This does not give an excuse to the Jets to give this game away.

    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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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 26:  Rudy Niswanger #64 of the Kansas City Chiefs gets ready to snap the ball against  the New York Jets during their game on October 26, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images
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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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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 12: Shonn Greene #23 of the New York Jets rushes against the Miami Dolphins at New Meadowlands Stadium on December 12, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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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.