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The Jets Might Screw Around and Win Again

Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets looks on from the sideline in the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers on September 30, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.The San Francisco 49ers defeated the New York Jets 34-0.

It is a measure of just how difficult this season has been for the Jets that they actually have developed a bit of momentum after that eyesore of a 7-6 victory over the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday. That win, which is sort of the football equivalent of a competitive eater winning a championship because he regurgitated mere seconds after his opponent, is actually something to build on. Hey, whatever works.

The Jets have a game that's a little tougher than last week's, but only barely, with a visit to Jacksonville to play the 2-10 Jaguars. It really is stunning how easy the Jets schedule is the rest of the way; at Jacksonville, at Tennessee, home against San Diego, at Buffalo. That's opportunity.

Of course, the Jets have a long way to go to make anyone think they can beat anyone other than the Arizona Cardinals. In case you forgot, Rex Ryan announced that Mark Sanchez will remain the starting quarterback, in large part based on the input of offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, who isn't exactly everyone's most trusted advisor these days. But Sanchez's leash will have never been shorter than it is this week. The Jets will try to keep the ball on the ground, but they have to pass occasionally, and, you know, passing has sorta been Sanchez's problem of late.

Tim Tebow may still be too injured/completely untrusted by the coaching staff to serve as the primary backup, which means Greg McElroy may be the option again. McElroy Mania, again. It's like repeated jolts of electricity to the soul, these Jets, isn't it?

Of all the Jets' easy games left, this is probably the easiest. (And remember: If they win out, they only need a slip-up or two from the Steelers or Colts to sneak in the playoffs.) It seems dumb to pick the Jets to win anything these days, but one gets the sense that they're not gonna go down without dragging it out for another fortnight or so. Jets 16, Jaguars 9.

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