'Boomer And Gio': Jets Face 'Measuring Stick' Game Against Raiders

Playoffs Aren't Quite Out Of Reach For Gang Green

Boomer and Gio
November 19, 2019 - 8:40 am

With six weeks left in the regular season, the Jets (3-7) are on the outside looking in of the AFC's playoff picture with an improbable task of reaching the postseason. 

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New York rattled off two straight wins highlighted by Sam Darnold's four-touchdown performance against Washington on Nov. 17. WFAN's Boomer Esiason isn't ready to declare the Jets season to be over just yet as he painted out a potential scenario for the Jets to contend for a playoff spot. 

"There are a lot of things that have to happen," Esiason said during Tuesday's open. "You've got to get a break here, a break there, win a key game, I just think the Raiders are that key game at least this year right now for the Jets for two reasons: for the measuring stick if you will and to keep pace and have some faint hope that you may have a chance at the end of the year."

Oakland is in the thick of the playoff race. The Raiders, equally as hot as the Jets, won three straight and enter MetLife Stadium at 6-4 — one spot back of the second Wild Card spot. 

"This week's game for the Jets is huge," Esiason said. "For a number of reasons, they want to continue their winning streak. If they win this one, it will be three in a row. I think they'll come up short even if they do win this (week) but let's just say they win. Now they're taking out a team in front of them. 

"Internally inside that locker room, they're holding out hope because this AFC is a mess. I also think the Buffalo Bills are the other team that's going to make the wild card. I'm talking about the second wild card possibilities here. I think the second wild card possibilities are either going to be 9-7 or 8-8."

WFAN's Gregg Giannotti isn't falling into the hype following New York's wins over the Redskins and Giants, who are a combined 3-17 this season, calling the Jets' best case scenario to be 6-8 entering the final two games of the season.  

"If you wanted to sell me this when the Jets were 4-6, I'd be more willing to listen," Giannotti said. "But 3-7 ... that's when we said many times that the seven-game stretch was important starting with the Jaguars after the Patriots game and they started off that stretch with two losses."

Darnold turned his game around over the Jets' two-game span. He's thrown for 520 total yards and five touchdowns. While he was plagued by turnovers throughout the first half of the season, Darnold has one turnover during the winning streak. 

"If they can win this Sunday, now all of a sudden it shows they beat a team with a winning record," Esiason said. "They've actually got their season on track. Sam (Darnold) has restarted his season, playing like he's healthy and he's got the energy to play four quarters. I don't know, man. This is why you've got to every game and season until the end. You just never know. It's very doubtful - I agree with you, but I'm also trying to give you an idea of what it's like going to work. 

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