The Playoffs Start Now For 5-5 Jets

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The Playoffs Start Now For 5-5 Jets

After wins against the Dolphins, Chargers and Bills the Jets were on the verge of taking over the AFC East. However, instead of taking over the AFC East the Jets turned out two lackluster performances in a row bringing them to 5-5 and on the verge of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008. In order to avoid missing the playoffs this season the Jets will need to embark on an extraordinary run to close out the 2011 season.

The playoffs start this week against the struggling Buffalo Bills. The Bills who themselves were also on the verge of taking over the AFC East just four weeks ago have lost 3 straight games by a combined score of 106-26. The Bills have gone 1-3 since Ryan Fitzpatrick signed his 6 year $59M extension. Fitzpatrick has been a major reason for their struggles, throwing 7 INTs in the 3 losses and did not even throw for more than 210 yards in any of those games. More bad news for the Bills is the seemingly endless amount of injuries. They have lost Fred Jackson for the season. Jackson has been their best offensive weapon this season. They have also lost receiver Donald Jones and CB Terrence McGee for the season and will be without starting safety George Wilson, Kicker Rian Lindell and WR Naaman Roosevelt for the game.

For the Jets to right the ship this week against the Bills the offense led by QB Mark Sanchez will need to do a better job in all phases of the game. Most important will be not turning the ball over. In the last two games the Jets have turned the ball over five times. In the last 3 games Sanchez has thrown 2 TDs and 4 INTs. He must do a better job limiting his mistakes. The offense also must improve their opening drive results. They have scored points only once on their opening drive (a touchdown against the Jaguars) and have gone 3 and out FOUR times this season.

The defense who failed on the last drive against the Broncos which negated a great game must force Fitzpatrick into mistakes like they did in the November 6th game. They must not underestimate RB C.J. Spiller who has the potential to be a great dual threat back in the NFL. I expect the Jets to win this game if they get off to a good start, limit their mistakes and protect Sanchez. The defense will need to shut down Fitzpatrick and force him into mistakes as well. If the Jets can do these things then we will all be celebrating VICTORY BEERS come 4:30 Sunday afternoon.

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