We're entering Week 14 of the NFL, and the Jets are now 7-5 after a win over the Washington Redskins. In order to make the playoffs, the Jets are most likely going to need to win the second wild card, but they'll have their hands full doing it.
They share a record with the Bengals, Titans, Broncos and Raiders. But the Raiders and Broncos have the Jets beat if one of them finishes with the same record as the Jets, since New York lost to both teams earlier this season.
Luckily, the Broncos and Raiders are in the same division, so the Jets only need to worry about one of them. But still, it would be great to pull ahead of both of them for insurance.
Let's take a look at the Jets matchup with the Chiefs on Sunday and at the other team's matchups that the Jets want to lose.
The Jets play host to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
Last week, the Jets pulled off a 34-19 win over the Redskins, a little bit misleading. The Jets scored most of their points on a comeback with five minutes left in the game.
The Chiefs have been hot and cold. Lately, they've been cold, as they have one win in their last five games. They're coming off a win, however, over the Chicago Bears, although the Bears were missing their two best players in Jay Cutler and Matt Forte.
Prediction: Jets 31, Chiefs 17
The Jets may get off to a slow start, which shouldn't surprise fans. But the Jets are playing at home and know there's a lot at stake. The Chiefs probably will not be a problem for the fine wine Jets, who get better as the game goes on.
Well, the last five games definitely favor the Texans. In fact, Houston is on a six-game winning streak. The Bengals are 2-3 in their last five.
Despite being on the road, the Texans aren't a bad road team at 3-3 away from Houston.
No Schaub? No problem. T.J. Yates looked pretty impressive in his debut in a 17-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons last week. Houston is alright with their QB.
They still have Arian Foster, and Andre Johnson will be a game-time decision.
Prediction: Texans 24, Bengals 18
It will definitely be close; both these teams are very good. But the Texans are playing very well right now, and they're not a bad road team. The defense looks good after holding Atlanta to only 10 points last week.
The Bengals will play with some desperation, but so will the Texans, who are trying to hold off the Titans.
The New Orleans Saints are 4-1 in their last five and have won four in a row. The offense is clicking on all cylinders, and the defense is looking better and better.
Drew Brees is throwing great game after great game, and the Saints keep winning.
The Titans have been a bit inconsistent so far. They'll either play great and beat a good team, or they'll play sloppy and lose to a mediocre team. They've won two in a row and three of their last five.
The Titans really don't have a dynamic wide receiver or running back, as their top players at each position only have four touchdowns.
Prediction: Saints 35, Titans 15
Drew Brees and company will manhandle the Titans defense.
Matt Hasselbeck will have trouble generating offense against the Saints improved defense.
The Saints will be fine as long as they don't turn the ball over often.
Battle of the oranges.
This would be a totally different matchup if Cutler and Forte were not injured for the Bears.
It's not looking good for Chicago, who is on a two-game losing streak. The losing streak is likely to continue without their two star players.
On the other hand, the Broncos have won their last five games, all thanks to Tim Tebow. I'm not sure what it is about Tebow, but he keeps winning and getting the job done. Not much else to say here.
Prediction: Broncos 24, Bears 13
Without their two best players, the Bears are in a choke hold. The galloping Broncos will most likely handle the poor Bears easily.
Chicago will be the next victim to get Tebowed.
The Jets will need to wait for another team to try and beat Denver.
This probably won't even be close.
Not much to say here. The Packers, at 12-0, are still on the road to perfection after clinching their division.
The Raiders are 3-2 in their last five games and will need to play with desperation in order to stand a chance. Their only hope is that the Packers take it easy after having clinched the division. But Green Bay will probably still try to achieve perfection.
Prediction: Packers 37, Raiders 18
Aaron Rodgers and his core of wide receivers will burn through the Raiders defense.
The Raiders offense may struggle to put points on the board against Green Bay.
I bet the Jets are happy Oakland is stuck playing this team. I sure am.