Time to get over the obvious: The Ravens, Patriots and Texans are all legitimate forces to be feared and the Broncos are most likely winning the AFC West. The NFC is a stronger conference in 2012 which is very helpful for the Jets this year
Outside of those 4 teams the rest of the conference is WIDE open. Steelers are 2-3 now and it seems like they are having a down year. There is nobody else I fear for the wildcard! If the Jets can beat the Colts this week then there is no reason why even as GARBAGE as we have been that we can't sneak into a wildcard at 9-7.
The Rams, Seabags and Cardinals are all beatable, plus we play the miserable Bills and subpar Dolphins once more. Mix and match another team if we lose of one of those games and we're at least 8-8 in an incredibly weak AFC.
Look at our top opponents in the AFC for a wild card. Glancing at the Bengals schedule you'll I notice they have to play the Steelers twice, the Eagles, Giants,Ravens, Broncos and the bipolar Cowboys. That's at least 5 losses to me...I know I shouldn't really count Dallas as a threat though.
Getting back on track I really think the Jets could sneak into the playoffs simply based on how WEAK this AFC is. Anyone else drinking from the same flask of vodka and kool-aid as I am?
Could we flop and finish 4-12? Sure....but I think Rex is too smart of a defensive genius to let us go out that way. The fact we almost beat the Texans without our two best skill players is a tribute to this. We have serious problems at both running the ball and stopping the run but if those can be addressed there's no reason why we can't play a 17th game.
Getting to the end of my rant I find one huge challenge: Can the Jets actually beat the high powered Patriots without Revis? I don't see this happening because I can't imagine us scoring enough points....and this SICKENS me to no end. That is what keeps me from thinking we have any shot at success in the playoffs....but that is life as a Jets fan isn't it? Is this whole thread wishful thinking? Sure, however I really think we can make the playoffs based on how WEAK this AFC is. Oh and notice how I didn't even mention Sanchez or Tebow? Thanks for reading the ramblings of an impatient Jets fan.
ps: Holmes not being there might be a blessing in disguise for team chemistry.
Edited by Blackout, 12 October 2012 - 02:37 AM.