Why Jets can make the playoffs

New York has solid defense and offensive weapons to make a run

Updated: September 26, 2013, 2:30 PM ET
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider

Geno Smith AP Photo/Bill KostrounGeno Smith has given the Jets a spark at QB this season.

New York Jets fans have a long history of being jaded when it comes to good starts by their team. This is a natural side effect of seeing campaigns like the 1986 season (started 10-1, didn't win division, lost in AFC divisional playoffs), 2000 season (started 6-1, missed playoffs) and 2008 season (began 8-3 and arguably looked like the best team in the NFL, missed playoffs).

That kind of track record is part of why Gang Green fans may be only cautiously optimistic about the team's 2-1 start in 2013. A rookie quarterback and a dismal recent history may be other reasons. But fans actually should be excited for their team's prospects. A detailed tape and metrics analysis indicates this team is building the foundation for a club that could be a postseason contender -- not just in the near future, but right now.


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