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The definitive bye week rooting guide for New York Jets fans

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Skol? Dawg Pound? Here are the fanbases New York Jets fans must join for Bye Week Sunday

The New York Jets are officially among the central competitors in the AFC playoff mix. Entering their Week 10 bye with a 6-3 record (tying them for the most victories of any team in the conference), the Jets are right in the thick of things.

Jets fans are used to the bye week representing a much-needed break from the weekly disappointment. But times have changed. Now, many Jets fans are sad they cannot watch their team this week.

While the Jets themselves will not play today, Jets fans still have plenty to look forward to. Being in the playoff race means there are a ton of other games around the league that directly affect the future of your team.

Here are some of the fanbases that Jets fans should temporarily join while the boys in green enjoy their off week.

Minnesota Vikings (@ Buffalo Bills) and Cleveland Browns (@ Miami Dolphins)

The Jets’ Week 9 win over the Buffalo Bills officially placed them in contention for the AFC East crown. Buffalo remains in first place at 6-2, but the Jets trail by only a half-game at 6-3. The Miami Dolphins are tied with the Jets for second place, although the Jets currently own the tiebreaker over Miami by virtue of their Week 5 victory.

New York can come out of Week 10 ranking anywhere from first to third in the AFC East. It all depends on how things play out in Orchard Park and Miami Gardens.

Buffalo will host the 7-1 Minnesota Vikings, who have won six consecutive games. Bills quarterback Josh Allen is expected to play despite not practicing all week due to an elbow injury, which he suffered against the Jets last week. Allen will try to help the Bills maintain their undefeated record at home (3-0).

Miami will host the 3-5 Cleveland Browns. The Dolphins are seeking a 6-0 record in games that were started and finished by quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Cleveland is coming off a bye week after smashing the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football two weeks ago.

If the Bills and Dolphins both lose, the Jets will be in first place entering Week 11:

  1. Jets: 6-3 (Tiebreaker over BUF via head-to-head win)
  2. Bills: 6-3
  3. Dolphins: 6-4

If the Bills and Dolphins both win, the Jets will drop into third place:

  1. Bills: 7-2
  2. Dolphins: 7-3
  3. Jets: 6-3

If only one of Buffalo and Miami wins, the winning team will rise into first place while the losing team will drop into third. The Jets would remain in second place.

The New England Patriots are on their bye week, so they will remain in fourth place at 5-4 going into next week’s clash with the Jets.

Jets fans must root hard for the Vikings and Browns this week. If both underdogs can defy the odds and come out victorious, the unthinkable will become reality: The New York Jets will hold first place in the AFC East. (For now.)

Don’t be alarmed if you hear some “Skol!” and “Here we go, Brownies!” chants echoing throughout New York and New Jersey.

Denver Broncos (@ Tennessee Titans)

The Tennessee Titans are likely to win the AFC South, but you never know if they might eventually fall out of the division lead and into the wild card hunt, so the Jets would love for the Titans to rack up as many losses as possible.

And, who knows? Even if the Titans do maintain possession of the AFC South lead, they might end up competing with the AFC East-leading Jets for seeding at the top of the conference.

Tennessee hosts the 3-5 Denver Broncos this week, who are coming off a bye after snapping their four-game losing streak. The Jets don’t have to worry about wins by Denver as they already hold a 2.5-game lead over Broncos with the head-to-head tiebreaker secured.

Jacksonville Jaguars (@ Kansas City Chiefs)

Like Tennessee, the Kansas City Chiefs lead their division at the moment and seem likely to maintain that position, but just in case they eventually drop out of the lead, it would be helpful for them to have more losses.

And, again, if the Jets are serious about competing for the AFC East, they may eventually find themselves competing against Kansas City for home-field advantage or a first-round bye.

There is one scenario – albeit a highly unlikely one – where the Jets come out of today in possession of the AFC’s No. 2 seed. For it to happen, the Jets need the Bills, Dolphins, Titans, and Chiefs to all lose. Here is how the top of AFC playoff picture would look if that happened:

  1. Ravens: 6-3 (Tiebreaker over NYJ and KC via conference record)
  2. Jets: 6-3 (Division tiebreaker over BUF via head-to-head win, Tiebreaker over KC via conference record)
  3. Chiefs: 6-3
  4. Titans: 5-4
  5. Bills: 6-3
  6. Dolphins: 6-4

Kansas City hosts Jacksonville today. The Jets shouldn’t have to worry about the 3-6 Jaguars as they hold a 3.0-game lead over them and will face them later in the season. A Jacksonville upset at Arrowhead would surely be welcomed by Jets fans.

San Francisco 49ers (vs. Los Angeles Chargers)

The Los Angeles Chargers will be one of the Jets’ top competitors in the AFC wild card race over the next couple of months. Los Angeles currently holds the AFC’s seventh seed with a 5-3 record.

The Jets are currently in the AFC’s fifth seed, but they will drop to the seventh seed by the end of today if Buffalo, Miami, and Los Angeles all win.

Any losses you can get from your playoff rivals are welcomed. Jets fans: You must be “Faithful to the Bay” during Sunday Night Football tonight.

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Peter Buell
1 year ago

I missed the end of regulation in the Bills game assuming they overturned the Vikings non-touchdown.
I read about the way the Vikes scored and was glad I didn’t delete the game.
For those old enough, Joe Pisarchak can hold his head high again.
My birthday isn’t too far after Christmas…All I want for bothnis Breece and AVT miraculously back by week 12.. 🙂

Peter Buell
1 year ago

I can’t beleive it. My football night keeps getting better (if only Miami had lost)
I just finished reading an article reviewing the Bills game…and I am stunned.
*** my brother came over to work on some legal paperwork so I turned on the game with a couple minutes left in the 3rd..about 10 minutes after my bro got off the phone..he said cmon Pete I need to finish this and make my train.
This was during the review where the Vikings looked to come up short to take the lead..was taping it so it wouldn’t let me tape again from that point so I come back to it just as overtime started….neither of the announcers spoke of how the Vikings scored.
I just assumed they over-tuened the call and that’s how Minnesota scored.
Reading the article and finding out the call wasn’t over-turned and that Buffalo got the ball back, Allen fumbled and the Vikes grabbed it to go ahead, it was like they lost another game.
Is it possible Allen is human and can be stopped? Was it the injury or does Buffallo usually get outplayed in the 2nd half.
Wow! like I said, like Bills losing all over again.
Can’t wait to get home to the dvr. Zack we need what you did last week plus a handful of a mixed bag combo of 7 20,30 and 40 yarders.
Zack breaks out against D guru Bellicheck for 4 TDs 400 yards with a 60 yarder to Elijiah Moore!!!
We beat the 3 we should along with road victories against New England Buffalo and Miami to take the division with a 6-2 2nd half to finish the season at 12-5 and the 2nd seed in the tough AFC!!!

Peter Buell
1 year ago

I’m not sure who would be added or if a huge difference would be made since Douglas and Saleh have been pretty much been on the ball but we shouldn’t need to have two kickers or 3 QBs.
That’s 2 spots that I’m sure someone who knows more about available free agents etc can decide but Flacco seem like an emergency QB and they need to find a kicker that can both kick field goals and kick off.
Don’t know if a strong leg on kickoffs matters all that much when the ball is placed at the 25.
With supposedly excellent special teams we should be able to keep runbacks inside the 25 giving the D better starting position.

1 year ago
Reply to  Peter Buell

Mann punts and takes the kickoffs, they aren’t wasting a rosters spot there, and I’m sure Z has the leg for kickoffs, Mann seems to be their specialist. Also, at this point Flacco is the emergency QB and doesn’t take a roster spot on game day.

Peter Buell
1 year ago
Reply to  Jets71

Got it! Thanks, I didn’t know that about Flacco.

1 year ago

Look at that,an article about how the Jets can help their playoff chances. I forgot what it feels like. I will say it’s very early for this, the Jets have had all 3 division opponents at home and will face all 3 on the road in the second half. It’s a concern for me, of course I’ll whine a bit about the schedule and say it’s ridiculous they didn’t mix those up a bit.

That home loss to the Patoilets is killing them right now, and unless they find a way to beat them next week could be the game we look back at as say: “that’s the one they cost them.” I do have fear about playing them after a bye week given the coaching experience advantage they have, but also like the rematch as confirmation there shouldn’t be a let down. Better NE than Detroit coming to town where they might try to mail it in.

I will say a win next week and I would agree with you and say the division is in play. Call me crazy, (I did comment on this page they would beat the Bills) Buffalo, can be careless with the ball, and I think the pressure will be immense for them if they miss another step.

Are we sleeping on Miami? There is just something about Tua I don’t trust but the results are there. I’d hate to have to go into Miami in a must win last game of the season. It would be fun for sure but tall task.

As you can see I’m focused on the division, but have noticed I have started to look at games from a “Jets’ playoff perspective,” it’s a strange feeling…haha.

Peter Buell
1 year ago
Reply to  Jets71

NE was a lost opportunity but I had the Bills game as a loss so in my thinking it was a wash!
Still, having this schedule for a team coming off a 4 win season is ridiculous.
Usually, coming off a season like that, aside from the division, that team has a cupcake schedule.
If we had AVT and Breece I’d feel we would have just a good a chance at the division as the others.
As is, I’d be thrilled with a wildcard