Now sitting at 3-5 and in a slumping hole in the AFC East, most could argue that the Jets’ season has likely already surpassed it’s highest point. While the team gleamed and glistened early on, they have now suffered three straight losses and have been unable to clean up crucial mistakes to garner any victories.
But on the flip side of that argument, it can be exclaimed that the season still has some meaning, and that while it may now be on life-support, it’s truly not over until it’s over.
You’d have to think that the latter of the two is the mindset that the Jets hold as they go into their Thursday night Prime-Time match up against the Buffalo Bills this week. A win could go a long way in terms of the rest of the season’s outlook, draft potential, and mentality as a whole.
That’s why this under-the-lights match up is going to be a pivotal one for Gang Green. As a win could keep their season afloat, a loss will ultimately be the tipping of the iceberg. Simply, the Jets cannot afford to lose their fourth straight game and fourth against a divisional opponent, as that would almost nearly knock them out of playoff contention.
It would also likely manipulate the mindset of the organization as thoughts would begin drifting toward 2018. A tough rest of the year schedule wise (most difficult statistically) would only further that notion.
The game will also be of high importance to the Buffalo Bills as well. Following the hectic NFL trade deadline, the Bills present themselves as a new look franchise. They were quite active in their approach as they moved on from standout tackle Marcell Dareus and added the athletic receiver Kelvin Benjamin. The Bills will be looking to prove themselves as a potential playoff contender on the main stage come Thursday night.
And while the Bills look to continue to improve on their surprisingly decent season, the Jets will be looking to prove they are legitimate. Having lost three straight games after leading in the fourth quarter, this team has shown they have the talent to compete, but not finish.
As fans around the NFL continue to see the Jets as a 3-5 team, the organization knows that the record is quite deceiving. While they will likely see their last chance at showing the league that this Thursday, it is also of high relativity that the team continues to push for a winning culture, especially amongst their young building blocks.
Thursday night will be the ultimate testament to that. Another loss would turn heads in the front office toward next year, which would be recognizable to the players. A young team should understand that winning is the goal each and every year, despite what their record may mirror throughout.
Watch for an aggressive, hard fought battle in Prime-Time this Thursday as both of the AFC’s New York teams look to not only prove themselves for what the rest of the year withholds, but for what potential outlook the future may have as well.
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