A surprising win in Pittsburgh has the Jets on the cusp of the playoffs. The thoughts of a late-season collapse after back-to-back losses to New England and Miami have been put on the back burner. A win puts the Jets in the playoffs, as does a Jacksonville loss or and Indianapolis loss. They still have an outside shot at a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. That probably won't happen -- they need two wins and two Patriots losses -- but stranger things have happened.
On the field, the Jets offense looked a little better last week -- it actually scored a touchdown -- but it still hasn't done much of late. If not for a safety and a kickoff return touchdown, the Jets would have had 13 points. But a win is a win.
One week after the Sal Alosi tripping scandal, the Jets had to deal with questions about Rex Ryan's apparent foot-fetish videos featuring his wife. Those have nothing to do with this game, which is a winnable contest against one of the top teams in the NFC. If the Jets can force Jay Cutler into turnovers and pressure him -- easy to do against the Bears -- they will have a great chance. Expect a lot of running and some bad weather, and expect the Jets to grind one out.