In or Out: The Playoffs Start Now

For the Jets, the situation is dire.  On a short week against their long-time divisional rivals, the Jets need a win more than ever and this game is their biggest hurdle between now and the end of the season.

Can they get the win?  If they do, then the “p-word” will still be bandied around, but one more loss will most likely remove the Jets from any talk of January according to Brian Costello in the Post.

If the Jets lose to the rival Patriots tonight, you basically can forget about the playoffs. That is why the Jets are approaching this game like it’s a do-or-die game.

“We need to win out,” safety LaRon Landry said. “We’re keeping everything in house. It’s really not about our opponent. It’s about what we want to do and what kind of future we’re trying to create.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Landry is exactly right.  Anything less than 10-6 leaves open the possibility of the playoffs, but essentially leaves it all up to chance.  One more tick in the loss column, then with five games remaining is going to make it very hard for the Jets to recover, even if the rest of their schedule is a cakewalk.