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The NY Post talks about must win games in the second half.

The Jets know they're going to need 10 wins to have a sniff at a playoff berth, and even that's no guarantee (remember the Patriots didn't qualify at 11-5 last season). That means they must go 6-2 in the second half.

They can do this by winning the games they should be favored to win, beginning with 3-4 Jacksonville next Sunday at home. From there, the Jets have to beat teams such as Carolina (3-4), Buffalo (3-5) and Tampa Bay (0-7). That's a start. They also will need to win some games that they will enter as underdogs, such as at New England (5-2), and at Indianapolis (7-0).

Their play the last five weeks has eliminated a lot of the margin for error. The first two weeks out of the second half will tell us a lot about whether the Jets are players within the division. The Pats have a date with the Colts, quite possibly a game that will end in a New England loss. If that happens, the Jets can get within a game of the lead with a win against the Jaguars. That will give them a chance to tie for the East lead with a trip to Foxborough and gain the head to head tiebreaker with a sweep. Two weeks from now, the Jets could be in first place or four games out. You really can't overemphasize how important these next two games are.