A stretch of soft opponents could be the best thing to happen to the Jets, who face the Redskins in Landover, Md., on Sunday. They squeaked by the Bills on Sunday with the help of a late comeback and some timely drops by Bills receiver Stevie Johnson. Mark Sanchez threw for four touchdowns but otherwise had an unremarkable day—he completed only 48.6 percent of his passes.

Sanchez has been up and down all season, and so have the Jets. They have only played the Redskins nine times, but they also have only one win against Washington. Running back Roy Helu has been a revelation for them. They are 4-7, but they showed some life in a win over Seattle on the West Coast last Sunday.

The Jets' remaining opponents are hardly more imposing. They have the Chiefs at home, the Eagles on the road, the Giants at home and the Dolphins on the road. Winning out is not out of the realm of possibility, but given the Jets' inconsistency, it may not be likely either.