Here we are, with six games left, and the New York Jets' dreams of playing in Indianapolis come February have taken a back seat to a mind-set of survival. The Jets (5-5) have to win all their remaining games now, because that's the only way they'll feel confident about making the playoffs.
âSix-and-0,â linebacker Calvin Pace said, according to the New York Daily News. âSometimes when you get caught losing to teams youâre not supposed to lose to, you end up kicking yourself in the butt saying, âMan, we put ourselves behind the eight-ball. These are games we should win.ââ
Said running back LaDainian Tomlinson: "I feel like we do have to win these last six games. That would put us at 11-5; that should be enough to get us in. You look at 10-6, and I donât know if that is enough.â
The Jets are 4-5 in conference games, with losses to the Patriots (twice), Raiders, Ravens, and Broncos. New York has three AFC games left beginning Sunday at home against the Bills, as well as games against the Chiefs and at the Dolphins. The Jets also have three out-of-conference games, with two on the road (at the Eagles and Redskins) and a showdown with the Giants.
Winning the AFC East is all but out of the question for the Jets. And considering they're currently behind the Titans and Broncos, who they lost to last week, and lost to potential wild-card teams in the Raiders and Ravens, the Jets are on the outside looking in. So, yeah, we agree that finishing 6-0 is the Jets' only option at this point.
âWe have to win. I donât care whoâs in front of us," Ryan said. "Obviously, weâve had some difficult games, but weâve just got to line them up. Weâve got to string something together and see what happens.
âIâll take luck, skill, anything. We just want to get in there, and when we do, weâll see what happens.â