With 4 weeks to go in the NFL, the Jets, Giants, and Bills are all under .500 with almost no hope for the playoffs.
There are only 4 weeks left in the NFL regular season and things are not looking good for New York teams. Playoff hopes are slim for the Jets, Giants, and Bills, who are now all at least 2 games under .500. The power rankings for the week have the Giants at 22, Jets at 23, and Bills at 24. The Jets and Bills are 3rd and 4th respectively in the AFC East behind the 9-3 Patriots who have all but sewn up the division title, and in the wildcard hunt the Jets are tied with 4 other teams for fourth place and they hold almost no tie-breaker advantages. The Giants sealed their fate with the loss to division rival cowboys last week, so despite their win this week they are 5-7 and third in the NFC East behind the Cowboys and Eagles who have both been playing better recently after mediocre starts.
The Jets lost to division rival Miami this week and have lost 3 straight since their bye week. The offensive woes continue; Gang Green hasn’t scored a touchdown in 2 weeks and Geno Smith has 1 touchdown and 11 picks in the last 5 games. Smith has 19 picks with only 8 touchdowns and is last in the league in offensive passing yards. He will continue to get his opportunities since it’s his first year on the job after the Jets organization and the media made such a big deal out of the quarterback battle that ultimately saw Smith beat out Sanchez, but his blatant inability to find the end-zone will cost him his job if he doesn’t salvage this somehow. At 5-7 their season is all but done. The loss allowed Dolphins to pass them for second place. The Jets will look to break their losing streak this Sunday when they host the 4-8 Raiders at 1.
The Bills are incredibly doing worse than the Jets, losing to the struggling Falcons 34-31 in overtime putting them at 4-8 and last place in the AFC East. EJ Manuel, the other New York rookie quarterback had 1 touchdown marking his ninth of the season, meaning he has more than Smith despite missing 3 and a half games with a sprained knee. The multitude of injured Bills are starting to recover including Manuel and Spiller who both returned 2 weeks ago but it is way too late for Buffalo. Next Sunday the Bills play in Tampa Bay at 1, and the following week they stay in Florida to take on the Jaguars before finishing the season against fellow AFC East teams – the Patriots and the Dolphins.
The Giants won this weekend, defeating the Redskins 24-17, so despite starting 0-6 they now have the same record as the Jets at 5-7. Their playoff chances ended a week ago though when they lost to the Cowboys who are now tied with the Eagles for top spot in the NFC East at 7-5. It’s a weak division, but with both Philly and Dallas moving over .500, the Giants are now in third in the division and 11th out of 16 in the NFC so their wild card chances are basically null. Plus, the toughest remaining game for both the Eagles and Cowboys is the last game of the season which is against each other. The Giants therefore probably have to win 4 in a row if they want the smallest chance of making it to the postseason, but they have the Seahawks in the way who are arguably the best team in the NFL. First, the Giants play in San Diego this Sunday against the Chargers at 4:30.
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