The Jets have seven games left and seven chances to get a win and avoid an 0-16 season or, for some people, seven chances to screw up getting the No. 1 pick and Clemson star Trevor Lawrence.
Nov. 22, at Chargers (2-6)
Los Angeles has the worst record of any of the Jets’ remaining opponents, but that is deceiving because of how many close losses it has had. Rookie QB Justin Herbert looks like the real deal and could torch the Jets secondary.
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Nov. 29, vs. Dolphins (5-3)
Miami embarrassed the Jets 24-0 last month and then benched Ryan Fitzpatrick. Tua Tagovailoa is 2-0 since taking over and the Jets will be seeing their second rookie quarterback in two weeks. Could the Jets catch the Dolphins feeling overconfident?
Dec. 6, vs. Raiders (5-3)
The Raiders came to MetLife Stadium a year ago playing good football and the Jets stunned them. This year’s Vegas team looks improved and Derek Carr is playing very well.
Dec. 13, at Seahawks (6-2)
Of all the games on the list, this one feels like the one that the Jets have the least chance of winning. Jamal Adams (below) is going to be out to embarrass them and Russell Wilson against the Jets defense could be a nightmare for Gregg Williams. This one could be really ugly.
Dec. 20, at Rams (5-3)
The Jets get a second straight NFC West opponent on the road. This one does not feel quite as bad as Seattle, but close. This is another game it feels like the Jets have no shot of winning.
Dec. 27, vs. Browns (5-3)
Cleveland has been up and down this season and who knows what it will look like at the end of December. The Browns have beaten the Jets in each of the last two years. Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield, the first two quarterbacks taken in the 2018 draft, could enter this game with uncertain futures.
Jan. 3, at Patriots (3-5)
It is not hard to figure out the worst-case scenario for Jets fans. They get to this game at 0-15 and then find a way to beat Bill Belichick and lose the No. 1 pick and their shot at Lawrence. Jets fans will be convinced that Belichick lost on purpose just to ruin their hopes and dreams.