Is it time to consider the New York Jets playoff contenders? Can we start talking about Ryan Fitzpatrick as one of the top quarterbacks in the league? What about Brandon Marshall and Erick Decker’s ridiculous offensive efficiency?
It’s all good. Really good. And it’s got Gang Green thinking about a postseason run.
But before the Jets can start planning their Super Bowl championship parade, they’ve got another few weeks of regular season football to worry about and that includes a Saturday night road matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.
Sure, the Cowboys are more or less out of the playoff hunt, but this is about respect at this point and Dallas isn’t going to go down without a fight. Here’s what the early-week odds say about the primetime matchup, per OddsShark:
Line: New York -2.5
Moneyline: New York -143, Dallas Cowboys +121
What To Watch For
The New York Jets might actually be peaking at the perfect time.
Gang Green is riding its first three-game win streak since 2011 and boasts one of the most well-rounded squads in the entire league heading into Week 15. New York likely can’t win the East (there’s this other team called the New England Patriots ahead of the Jets), but a run as the AFC Wild Card isn’t improbable.
In fact, it’s more than likely. Why?
It starts with Ryan Fitzpatrick. Really.
The veteran quarterback seems to have finally found a home in New York and is not only succeeding in the Jets offensive scheme, he’s thriving. Fitzpatrick is coming off a 21-for-36 performance last week with 263 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. It also helps that Brandon Marshall has been playing out of his wide receiver mind over the past few weeks.
If New York can keep the offense rolling and the defense in shutdown mode, there’s no reason to be surprised by this team heading into the postseason.