They say timing is everything in the NFL, and the New York Jets bye week could not have come at a better time.
At 5-4, the Jets are currently the 6th seed in the AFC playoffs even though the team has been unable to win back to back games this season.
It’s been the theme of the season; Just when you thought that stunning wins over the Falcons in Atlanta, and the Patriots at home would be the start of something special, the Jets haven’t been able to carry that momentum forward.
After beating the Falcons, the Jets fell flat against the Steelers the following week, and after a win over the Pats, the team failed to show up the next week against the Bengals.
With the bye week occurring after a win, maybe, just maybe the Jets will be finally able to get over the hump and win 2 straight games. The Jets next game comes against the Bills and rookie quarterback EJ Manuel in Buffalo on November 17th.
The trend of the Jets season coming to an end is just speculation, but the team will be getting major weapons back after the bye.
Santonio Holmes will be back in the lineup for the first time since week 4, Kellen Winslow’s 4-game suspension for PEDs will be over, and Jeff Cumberland will be back from a concussion meaning Geno Smith will have a full array of weapons to work with, even with Jeremy Kerley out a “few weeks” with a dislocated elbow.
Other good signs are that Muhammad Wilkerson is coming into his own as one of the league’s best pass rushers with 11 sacks in his last 14 games. Quinton Coples is coming off his best game as a Jet where he snuffed out a huge 4th and 1, and pressured Drew Brees on the Saints final chance.
Antonio Cromartie has been banged up, and having a week off can’t hurt, and Dee Milliner is coming off his first good game with the team.
For a team that many felt would be in full #suckforclowney mode, the Jets could realistically make the playoffs.
New York’s schedule the rest of the way includes games against the Bills in Buffalo, 2 against the dysfunctional Dolphins, the Raiders, the Ravens, and the Browns.
There are certainly tougher schedules in the NFL than that, and if the Jets can take care of the football, watch out.