Bye Week Rooting Guide: New York Jets Fans Must Root for Steelers, Chargers

Sundays are going to be a bit empty this week, as the Jets have the week off due to a bye.

Don't fret though, because there are still some divisional games we have a vested interest in. At 5-1 (3-0 in East), Jets currently sit atop of the divisional standings. However, New England is lurking just 1/2 game behind the Jets, as well as Miami who is 1.5 games out of first place.

Current AFC East standings (Per ESPN):

AFC EAST W L T PCT HOME ROAD DIV CONF PF PA DIFF STRK
NY Jets 5 1 0 .833 2-1-0 3-0-0 3-0-0 4-1-0 159 101 +58 Won 5
New England 4 1 0 .800 3-0-0 1-1-0 2-1-0 4-1-0 154 116 +38 Won 3
Miami 3 2 0 .600 0-2-0 3-0-0 1-2-0 1-2-0 89 112 -23 Won 1
Buffalo 0 5 0 .000 0-3-0 0-2-0 0-3-0 0-4-0 87 161 -74 Lost 5

This weekend, Pittsburgh travels to Miami, and New England travels to San Diego. As much as it may pain us to do so, we obviously need both Pittsburgh and San Diego to win.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Miami Dolphins:


Time:
1 p.m. EST

Line: Pittsburgh -3 

Series History: Steelers have won last six dating back to 2000.

New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers

Time: 4:15 p.m. EST

Airs: CBS (television)

Line: San Diego -3

Series History: New England has won four of the last seven dating back to 2001.



Predictions:

I think this is the first week the Jets will get some breathing room, as I like both AFC East teams to lose. 

I look for San Diego (who has always been a Dr. Jekyl/ Mr. Hyde of home vs. away) to attack the Patriots' secondary and win  26-23... as well as Pittsburgh to out-muscle the Dolphins by bottling up their running game and winning 24-17. 

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