First of all obviously every game is important in the NFL, it’s a 16 game season and every game makes a difference. That being said, with the Jets going into tomorrow’s game at 3-3, and considering the state of the AFC, this is the game that could be the difference between 10-6, or 11-5 and making the playoffs or 9-7. Considering that after this the Jets only have five games against good teams, the Pats, Bills twice, Giants and Eagles, this game is huge for confidence and for eventual playoff seeding if they get there. Being 4-3 with the schedule the way it is the Jets do have a small cushion going into the bye week, with confidence, and a chance to get the offense back in synch before Buffalo.
A loss however, and it will be two weeks of epic panic, calls for Shotty and Sanchez’s heads, and a crucial missed opportunity to get into what will be a rapidly emerging AFC playoff picture. While it is still way to early to give any sort of prediction on playoffs, it is clear that at this point in the season, the Patriots, Bills, Steelers, Raiders and Chargers have all looked better then the Jets have. While the Jets have had a really tough schedule, it doesn’t get much easier against the 4-1 Chargers, but the result must change. Last year the Jets had several statement games in the regular season, against Pittsburgh, and the first game against New England when everybody was in panic mode, they won both of them, putting together their two best all around games to beat two very good teams. That is what it will take tomorrow, a Jets Steelers type effort, a 4-quarter offensive performance, to win a game the Jets have to win. A win gives the Jets confidence, and rightfully so, while a loss means the Jets have a very little margin of error the rest of the season, something that they can’t afford to have when you consider the improvements that have to be made across the board for the Jets in the next couple of weeks.