On paper it looks like Patriots Steelers will be the saving grace for what would otherwise be a pretty lackluster week of football. While watching the two teams I hate the most typically would not be seen as a saving grace, with the Jets having a bye that game represents a chance for the Jets to gain a game on either a likely wildcard team or the first place team in our own division, an interesting question arises for Jets fans: What is most beneficial to the Jets, a win by the Steelers, or the Patriots.
A win by the Patriots puts them at 6-1, with a two game cushion over the Jets, and one game lead over Buffalo. If the Patriots lose, and the Jets win next week, then the Jets and Patriots will, in all likelihood, be playing for first place in two weeks. Winning the division has been a major priority for Rex’s Jets this year, and with the Jets at 4-3, a win by Pittsburgh is the Jets best chance yet to gain ground on the Pats.
That being said a win by the Patriots, is also beneficial to the Jets because it virtually makes the Jets a playoff team, even after the three game losing streak. That puts the Steelers at 5-2, opening up the NFC North, even after all the struggles that the Ravens have had, and are still having this week against the Cardinals.
So while a win by either team helps the Jets, at this point I think a win by Pittsburgh is most beneficial. Its too early to quit on the division, and a Steeler win gets the ball rolling on the AFC East race. A 6-1 Patriots team would be hard to catch, even if the Jets go on a tear. Even if the Steelers win that means that there would be no 1 loss teams in the AFC, meaning the Jets are one game out of every possible race, and making up for the difficulties the Jets had during the three game stretch.