With the Jets brutal loss to the Patriots earlier this week, I think it's fair to say we won't be making the playoffs this season. Thus, although the NFL draft is 151 days away, let's start turning our attention to the 2013 draft.

NFL Draft expert Chris Steuber has provided us with a list of some games NFL representatives from the Jets (general manager, scouting directors, scouts, etc.) have attended thus far this year.

Note: *Denotes juniors; **Denotes redshirt sophomores

Week 1

Elon at North Carolina

Prospects to watch: North Carolina: OG Travis Bond, S *Tre Boston, OG Jonathan Cooper, WR Erik Highsmith, OT *James Hurst, DE *Tim Jackson, DE *Kareem Martin, LB Kevin Reddick, QB *Bryn Renner, OT Brennan Williams, DT Sylvester Williams; Elon: WR Aaron Mellette.

Miami (FL) at Boston College

Prospects to watch: Miami (FL):OLB Ramon Buchanan, RB *Eduardo Clements, TE *Asante Cleveland, DE *Shayon Green, OT *Seantrel Henderson, SS *A.J. Highsmith, WR *Allen Hurns, RB *Mike James, OT *Jermaine Johnson, OG *Brandon Linder, CB Brandon McGee, QB *Stephen Morris, SS Vaughn Telemaque; Boston College: OT Emmett Cleary, WR *Jonathan Coleman, OLB *Steele Divitto, TE Chris Pantale, OLB *Kevin Pierre-Louis, DT Kaleb Ramsey, QB *Chase Rettig, WR *Bobby Swigert, OT John Wetzel.

Kentucky at Louisville

Prospects to watch: Louisville: C Mario Benavides, RB *Dominique Brown, LB *Preston Brown, CB Adrian Bushell, DE *B.J. Butler, OG Alex Kupper, DT *Roy Philon, SS *Hakeem Smith, DE *Marcus Smith, RB *Jeremy Wright; Kentucky: WR La'Rod King, CB Martavius Neloms, QB Morgan Newton, RB *Raymond Sanders III, C Matt Smith, DE Collins Ukwu, OG Larry Warford, LB *Avery Williamson, DE Taylor Wyndham.

Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech

Note: Jets had multiple scouts at the game.

Prospects to watch: Virginia Tech: OT Nick Becton, WR D.J. Coles, DE *J.R. Collins, WR Marcus Davis, LB *Tariq Edwards, CB *Antone Exum, CB *Kyle Fuller, DE *James Gayle, DT Antoine Hopkins, DT *Derrick Hopkins, C Andrew Miller, OT Vinston Painter, WR Dyrell Roberts, LB Bruce Taylor, QB *Logan Thomas, LB Jeron Gouveia-Winslow; Georgia Tech: LB *Jeremiah Attaochu, DT T.J. Barnes, DE Izaan Cross, OG *Will Jackson, SS *Isaiah Johnson, LB **Quayshawn Nealy, RB *David Sims, RB Orwin Smith, CB Rod Sweeting, QB Tevin Washington, OG Omoregie Uzzi, CB *Louis Young.

Week 2

Washington at LSU

Prospects to watch: LSU: DE Chancey Aghayere, K Drew Alleman, WR *Kadron Boone, TE Chase Clement, DT Josh Downs, DE Lavar Edwards, OT *Chris Faulk, OT Alex Hurst, DT *Bennie Logan, C P.J. Lonergan, SS *Craig Loston, QB Zach Mettenberger, DE/OLB *Barkevious Mingo, ILB *Kevin Minter, DE/OLB *Sam Montgomery, FS *Eric Reid, WR Russell Shepard, CB *Tharold Simon, RB *Spencer Ware, OG *Josh Williford; Washington: RB *Jesse Callier, OLB *Princeton Fuimaono, WR James Johnson, OL *Erik Kohler, SS *Sean Parker, QB *Keith Price, OL Drew Schaefer, CB Desmond Trufant.

Grambling State at TCU

Prospects to watch: TCU: WR *Josh Boyce, OLB Kenny Cain, WR Skye Dawson, OT *James Dunbar, OG Blaize Foltz, DE Ross Forrest, C James Fry, RB *Waymon James, DE/OLB Stansly Maponga, QB *Casey Pachall, RB Matthew Tucker; Grambling State: None.

Week 3

Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh

Note: Mike Tannenbaum personally attended this game.

Prospects to watch: Pittsburgh: DT *Aaron Donald, TE Hubie Graham, RB Ray Graham, FS Jarred Holley, OG Chris Jacobson, WR Mike Shanahan, WR *Devin Street, QB Tino Sunseri, OL Ryan Turnley, CB *K'Waun Williams; Virginia Tech: OT Nick Becton, WR D.J. Coles, DE *J.R. Collins, WR Marcus Davis, LB *Tariq Edwards, CB *Antone Exum, CB *Kyle Fuller, DE *James Gayle, DT Antoine Hopkins, DT *Derrick Hopkins, C Andrew Miller, OT Vinston Painter, WR Dyrell Roberts, LB Bruce Taylor, QB *Logan Thomas, LB Jeron Gouveia-Winslow.

South Alabama at North Carolina State

Prospects to watch: North Carolina State: OG Zach Allen, DB *David Amerson, FS Brandan Bishop, TE Mario Carter, DE *Darryl Cato-Bishop, RB *Tony Creecy, OT *Rob Crisp, QB Mike Glennon, OT R.J. Mattes, DE Art Norman, WR Tobais Palmer, DT Brian Slay, OG Andrew Wallace, RB James Washington, TE *Asa Watson, C Andrew Wentz, S Earl Wolff; South Alabama: ILB Jake Johnson.

Ball State at Indiana

Prospects to watch: Indiana: DT Larry Black, Jr., TE *Ted Bolser, K *Mitch Ewald, C Will Matte, DT Adam Replogle; Ball State: ILB Travis Freeman, OG Jordan Hansel, C Dan Manick, CB Jason Pinkston, WR *Jack Tomlinson, QB *Keith Wenning.



Brigham Young at Utah

Prospects to watch: Utah: S *Brian Blechen, WR DeVonte Christopher, DT Dave Kruger, DE *Joe Kruger, CB Ryan Lacy, DT Star Lotulelei, LB *Trevor Reilly, C Tevita Stevens, OT *Percy Taumoelau, RB John White, QB *Jordan Wynn; Brigham Young: OT Braden Brown, TE *Kaneakua Friel, OG Braden Hansen, WR *Cody Hoffman, ILB Uona Kaveinga, DT Eathyn Manumaleuna, QB Riley Nelson, ILB Brandon Ogletree, OG *Houston Reynolds.

Week 4

Baylor at Louisiana-Monroe

Prospects to watch: Louisiana-Monroe: QB *Kolton Browning, FS *Isaiah Newsome; Baylor: CB Chance Casey, SS *Ahmad Dixon, DE *Tevin Elliott, QB Nick Florence, CB Demetri Goodson, K *Aaron Jones, OT Cameron Kaufhold, CB *K.J. Morton, TE *Jordan Najvar, WR *Tevin Reese, OL *Cyril Richardson, RB Jarred Salubi, WR Lanear Sampson, RB **Lache Seastrunk, C Ivory Wade, WR Terrance Williams.

East Carolina at North Carolina

Prospects to watch: North Carolina: OG Travis Bond, S *Tre Boston, OG Jonathan Cooper, WR Erik Highsmith, OT *James Hurst, DE *Tim Jackson, DE *Kareem Martin, LB Kevin Reddick, QB *Bryn Renner, OT Brennan Williams, DT Sylvester Williams; East Carolina: WR Dayon Arrington, DT Michael Brooks, OT *Grant Harner, LB *Ty Holmes, TE *Justin Jones, FS *Damon Magazu, DE *Matt Milner, CB Leonard Paulk, OG *Will Simmons.

Week 5

Hawaii at Brigham Young

Prospects to watch: Brigham Young: OT Braden Brown, TE *Kaneakua Friel, OG Braden Hansen, WR *Cody Hoffman, ILB Uona Kaveinga, DT Eathyn Manumaleuna, QB Riley Nelson, ILB Brandon Ogletree, OG *Houston Reynolds; Hawaii: DT Haku Correa, P Alex Dunnachie, CB *Mike Edwards, DE Paipai Falemalu, CB *John Hardy-Tuliau, OLB *Art Laurel, QB *Sean Schroeder, WR *Billy Ray Stutzmann.

Clemson at Boston College

Prospects to watch: Boston College: OT Emmett Cleary, WR *Jonathan Coleman, OLB *Steele Divitto, TE Chris Pantale, OLB *Kevin Pierre-Louis, DT Kaleb Ramsey, QB *Chase Rettig, WR *Bobby Swigert, OT John Wetzel; Clemson: QB *Tajh Boyd, CB Xavier Brewer, K *Chandler Catanzaro, RB Andre Ellington, TE Brandon Ford, C Dalton Freeman, DE Mallicaiah Goodman, FS Rashard Hall, WR *DeAndre Hopkins, SS Jonathan Meeks, OLB Jonathan Willard.

Week 6

Michigan State at Indiana

Prospects to watch: Indiana: DT Larry Black, Jr., TE *Ted Bolser, K *Mitch Ewald, C Will Matte, DT Adam Replogle; Michigan State: CB Johnny Adams, OLB *Denicos Allen, RB *Le'Veon Bell, LB *Max Bullough, RB Larry Caper, CB *Darqueze Dennard, OT Fou Fonoti, DE *William Gholston, DT Tyler Hoover, FS *Isaiah Lewis, OG Chris McDonald, OLB Chris Norman, DE *Marcus Rush, TE *Dion Sims, DT Anthony Rashad White, CB Mitchell White.



South Florida at Temple

Note: The Jets were the only NFL team to attend this game.

Prospects to watch: Temple: C Sean Boyle, RB Matt Brown, QB *Chris Coyer, DE Marcus Green, RB Montel Harris, CB Maurice Jones, K Brandon McManus, OT Martin Wallace, DE John Youboty; South Florida: ILB Sam Barrington, QB B.J. Daniels, DE *Ryne Giddins, DT Cory Grissom, ILB Mike Lanaris, TE Evan Landi, SS Jon Lejiste, RB Demetris Murray, OT Mark Popek, CB Kayvon Webster.

Florida State at North Carolina State

Prospects to watch: North Carolina State: OG Zach Allen, DB *David Amerson, FS Brandan Bishop, TE Mario Carter, DE *Darryl Cato-Bishop, RB *Tony Creecy, OT *Rob Crisp, QB Mike Glennon, OT R.J. Mattes, DE Art Norman, WR Tobais Palmer, DT Brian Slay, OG Andrew Wallace, RB James Washington, TE *Asa Watson, C Andrew Wentz, S Earl Wolff; Florida State: DE Cornellius Carradine, DT Everett Dawkins, K Dustin Hopkins, DE Brandon Jenkins (injured), OLB *Christian Jones, SS *LaMarcus Joyner, QB E.J. Manuel, DT Anthony McCloud, DT Jaccobi McDaniel, OLB Nick Moody, RB Lonnie Pryor, CB *Xavier Rhodes, WR Rodney Smith, RB Chris Thompson, DE *Bjoern Werner, ILB Vince Williams.

Week 7

Kansas State at Iowa State

Prospects to watch: Iowa State: OT Brayden Burris, OT Carter Bykowski, TE Kurt Hammerschmidt, WR Aaron Horne, QB Steele Jantz, RB *Shontrelle Johnson, ILB A.J. Klein, OLB Jake Knott, WR Josh Lenz, DT Jake McDonough, P *Kirby Van Der Kamp, FS *Jacques Washington, RB *James White; Kansas State: ILB Arthur Brown, DE Adam Davis, OT Manase Foketi, WR Chris Harper, RB *John Hubert, QB Collin Klein, CB Nigel Malone, OG Nick Puetz, TE Travis Tannahill, OLB Justin Tuggle, FB Braden Wilson, SS *Ty Zimmerman.

Air Force at Wyoming

Prospects to watch: Wyoming: FS *Luke Anderson, OL Nick Carlson, OLB *Devyn Harris, DL *Patrick Mertens, DT Mike Purcell, SS Luke Ruff; Air Force: CB *Steffon Batts, RB Cody Getz.

Week 8

Rutgers at Temple

Prospects to watch: Temple: C Sean Boyle, RB Matt Brown, QB *Chris Coyer, DE Marcus Green, RB Montel Harris, CB Maurice Jones, K Brandon McManus, OT Martin Wallace, DE John Youboty; Rutgers: ILB Steve Beauharnais, WR *Brandon Coleman, OT R.J. Dill, OLB Khaseem Greene, SS Duron Harmon, WR Mark Harrison, TE D.C. Jefferson, CB Brandon Jones, CB *Logan Ryan, DT Scott Vallone.

Colorado at USC

Prospects to watch: USC: QB Matt Barkley, CB Brian Baucham, OT *Kevin Graf, CB *Torin Harris, C Khaled Holmes, DE Wes Horton, OG *John Martinez, FS T.J. McDonald, RB Curtis McNeal, RB *Silas Redd, CB *Nickell Robey, FB *Hunter Simmons, SS Jawanza Starling, CB Isiah Wiley, WR *Robert Woods, SS *Demetrius Wright; Colorado: OT *David Bakhtiari, FS *Jered Bell, OT Ryan Dannewitz, OLB Jon Major, DE Will Pericak, FS Ray Polk, DT Eric Richter, LB Doug Rippy, DE *Chidera Uzo-Diribe.

Week 9

Clemson at Wake Forest

Prospects to watch: Wake Forest: FB Tommy Bohanon, WR *Michael Campanaro, WR Terence Davis, OLB Joey Ehrmann, CB *A.J. Marshall, CB *Merrill Noel, CB Chibuikem Okoro, QB *Tanner Price, DE Zach Thompson, DL *Nikita Whitlock, C Garrick Williams; Clemson: QB *Tajh Boyd, CB Xavier Brewer, K *Chandler Catanzaro, RB Andre Ellington, TE Brandon Ford, C Dalton Freeman, DE Mallicaiah Goodman, FS Rashard Hall, WR *DeAndre Hopkins, SS Jonathan Meeks, OLB Jonathan Willard.

Cincinnati at Louisville

Prospects to watch: Louisville: C Mario Benavides, RB *Dominique Brown, LB *Preston Brown, CB Adrian Bushell, DE *B.J. Butler, OG Alex Kupper, DT *Roy Philon, SS *Hakeem Smith, DE *Marcus Smith, RB *Jeremy Wright; Cincinnati: CB Dominique Battle LB Maalik Bomarr OG *Austen Bujnoch, OC Evan Davis, LS Tom DeTemple, SS Drew Frey, DE Dan Giordano, OT Sean Hooey, TE Travis Kelce, WR *Anthony McClung, P Pat O'Donnell, DE Walter Stewart, WR Kenbrell Thompkins.

Ohio State at Penn State

Prospects to watch: Penn State: OG *Miles Dieffenbach, DT Jordan Hill, LB Gerald Hodges, LB *Mike Hull, DE Pete Massaro, LB Michael Mauti, QB Matt McGloin, CB Stephon Morris, C Matt Stankiewitch, DE Sean Stanley, OG *John Urschel, FB Michael Zordich; Ohio State: S *C.J. Barnett, FB Zach Boren, WR *Corey Brown, S *Christian Bryant, OT Reid Fragel, DT Garrett Goebel, OG *Marcus Hall, RB Jordan Hall, DT *Johnathan Hankins, CB Travis Howard, S Orhian Johnson, C *Corey Linsley, OT *Jack Mewhort, OG *Andrew Norwell, WR *Verlon Reed, CB *Bradley Roby, OLB Etienne Sabino, DE John Simon, RB *Rod Smith, TE Jake Stoneburner, DE Nathan Williams.

Week 10

Michigan at Minnesota

Prospects to watch: Minnesota: ILB *Brendan Beal, OLB Keanon Cooper, QB MarQueis Gray, WR Brandon Green, CB Kyle Henderson, OT *Ed Olson, ILB Mike Rallis, OLB Spencer Reeves, CB Troy Stoudermire, FS *Brock Vereen, DE D.L. Wilhite; Michigan: DT William Campbell, ILB Kenny Demens, CB J.T. Floyd, FS *Thomas Gordon, SS Jordan Kovacs, OT *Tyler Lewan, OG Patrick Omameh, WR Denard Robinson, DE Craig Roh, WR Roy Roundtree, RB *Fitzgerald Toussaint.

Oklahoma at Iowa State

Prospects to watch: Iowa State: OT Brayden Burris, OT Carter Bykowski, TE Kurt Hammerschmidt, WR Aaron Horne, QB Steele Jantz, RB *Shontrelle Johnson, ILB A.J. Klein, OLB Jake Knott, WR Josh Lenz, DT Jake McDonough, P *Kirby Van Der Kamp, FS *Jacques Washington, RB *James White. Oklahoma: WR Justin Brown, CB *Aaron Colvin, OG Tyler Evans, RB *Roy Finch, C Ben Habern, SS Javon Harris, CB Demontre Hurst, OLB Joseph Ibiloye, OG *Gabe Ikard, FS *Tony Jefferson, OT Lane Johnson, QB Landry Jones, DE David King, CB *Gabe Lynn, DT JaMarkus McFarland, DT Stacy McGee, FB *Trey Millard, OLB *Corey Nelson, WR *Kenny Stills, DT Casey Walker, DE R.J. Washington, P Tress Way, RB Dominique Whaley, ILB *Tom Wort.

Oklahoma State at Kansas State

Prospects to watch: Kansas State: ILB Arthur Brown, DE Adam Davis, OT Manase Foketi, WR Chris Harper, RB *John Hubert, QB Collin Klein, CB Nigel Malone, OG Nick Puetz, TE Travis Tannahill, OLB Justin Tuggle, FB Braden Wilson, SS *Ty Zimmerman. Oklahoma State: WR Isaiah Anderson, DT Calvin Barnett, CB Brodrick Brown, CB *Justin Gilbert, OLB Shaun Lewis, WR Tracy Moore, DE Nigel Nicholas, RB *Joseph Randle, OG Jonathan Rush, P Quinn Sharp, OG Lane Taylor.

Week 11

Arkansas at South Carolina

Prospects to watch: South Carolina: CB Akeem August, TE Justice Cunningham, OLB DeVonte Holloman, OL T.J. Johnson, RB *Marcus Lattimore, CB *Jimmy Legree, QB *Connor Shaw, FS D.J. Swearinger, DE Devin Taylor, ILB Shaq Wilson; Arkansas: G *Alvin Bailey, P Dylan Breeding, RB Knile Davis,  TE Chris Gragg, DT Jared Green, WR Cobi Hamilton,  OLB Alonzo Highsmith, RB Dennis Johnson DT Byran Jones, DT DeQuinta Jones, C *Travis Swanson, QB Tyler Wilson, RB Ronnie Wingo Jr., CB Darius Winston, ILB Tenarius Wright.

Week 12

North Carolina at Virginia

Prospects to watch: Virginia: OT Oday Aboushi, LB Steve Greer, DT Will Hill, RB Perry Jones, OT *Morgan Moses, TE Colter Phillips, LB LaRoy Reynolds, QB *Michael Rocco, WR *Tim Smith, LB Ausar Walcott; North Carolina: OG Travis Bond, S *Tre Boston, OG Jonathan Cooper, WR Erik Highsmith, OT *James Hurst, DE *Tim Jackson, DE *Kareem Martin, LB Kevin Reddick, QB *Bryn Renner, OT Brennan Williams, DT Sylvester Williams.

Wake Forest at Notre Dame

Prospects to watch: Notre Dame: ILB *Carlo Calabrese, C Braxston Cave, TE, *Tyler Eifert, ILB *Dan Fox, OG Mike Golic, Jr., WR John Goodman, WR *T.J. Jones, DE Kaptron Lewis-Moore, OT *Zack Martin, FS Dan McCarthy, SS Zeke Motta, DT **Louis Nix, RB/WR Theo Riddick, OLB *Prince Shembo, SS Jamoris Slaughter, ILB Manti Te'o, WR Robby Toma, OG *Chris Watt, RB *Cierre Woods; Wake Forest: FB Tommy Bohanon, WR *Michael Campanaro, WR Terence Davis, OLB Joey Ehrmann, CB *A.J. Marshall, CB *Merrill Noel, CB Chibuikem Okoro, QB *Tanner Price, DE Zach Thompson, DL *Nikita Whitlock, C Garrick Williams.

Washington at Colorado

Prospects to watch: Colorado: OT *David Bakhtiari, FS *Jered Bell, OT Ryan Dannewitz, OLB Jon Major, DE Will Pericak, FS Ray Polk, DT Eric Richter, LB Doug Rippy, DE *Chidera Uzo-Diribe; Washington: RB *Jesse Callier, OLB *Princeton Fuimaono, WR James Johnson, OL *Erik Kohler, SS *Sean Parker, QB *Keith Price, OL Drew Schaefer, CB Desmond Trufant.

Week 13

Utah at Colorado

Prospects to watch: Colorado: OT *David Bakhtiari, FS *Jered Bell, OT Ryan Dannewitz, OLB Jon Major, DE Will Pericak, FS Ray Polk, DT Eric Richter, LB Doug Rippy, DE *Chidera Uzo-Diribe; Utah: S *Brian Blechen, WR DeVonte Christopher, DT Dave Kruger, DE *Joe Kruger, CB Ryan Lacy, DT Star Lotulelei, LB *Trevor Reilly, C Tevita Stevens, OT *Percy Taumoelau, RB John White, QB *Jordan Wynn.

Wisconsin at Penn State

Prospects to watch: Penn State: OG *Miles Dieffenbach, DT Jordan Hill, LB Gerald Hodges, LB *Mike Hull, DE Pete Massaro, LB Michael Mauti, QB Matt McGloin, CB Stephon Morris, C Matt Stankiewitch, DE Sean Stanley, OG *John Urschel, FB Michael Zordich; Wisconsin: WR *Jared Abbrederis, RB Montee Ball, LB *Chris Borland, CB Marcus Cromartie, C *Travis Frederick, DE *David Gilbert, QB *Danny O'Brien, TE *Jacob Pedersen, CB Devin Smith, LB Mike Taylor, OT Ricky Wagner, RB *James White.

Notre Dame at USC

Prospects to watch: USC: QB Matt Barkley, CB Brian Baucham, OT *Kevin Graf, CB *Torin Harris, C Khaled Holmes, DE Wes Horton, OG *John Martinez, FS T.J. McDonald, RB Curtis McNeal, RB *Silas Redd, CB *Nickell Robey, FB *Hunter Simmons, SS Jawanza Starling, CB Isiah Wiley, WR *Robert Woods, SS *Demetrius Wright; Notre Dame: ILB *Carlo Calabrese, C Braxston Cave, TE, *Tyler Eifert, ILB *Dan Fox, OG Mike Golic, Jr., WR John Goodman, WR *T.J. Jones, DE Kaptron Lewis-Moore, OT *Zack Martin, FS Dan McCarthy, SS Zeke Motta, DT **Louis Nix, RB/WR Theo Riddick, OLB *Prince Shembo, SS Jamoris Slaughter, ILB Manti Te'o, WR Robby Toma, OG *Chris Watt, RB *Cierre Woods.

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GEICO SportsNite: Robby Anderson 00:01:16
Jets WR Robby Anderson catches up with Jeane Coakley to discuss how he's become one of Gang Green's premier offensive weapons this season.

New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles recently said he won't be switching quarterbacks anytime soon, and current starter Josh McCown agrees with him. 

Despite losing four of their last five games, the Jets are still in the thick of the AFC playoff race as they sit just one game back of the final Wild Card spot. McCown has been leading the Jets' offense all season, and with playoff implications still relevant, he doesn't see a reason to change now. 

"I guess we're both kind of on the same page with that," McCown told NJ.com's Darryl Slater. "There wasn't a scenario where I saw it either. I think it's good to hear it, but we were already on the same page. So I don't know if that was necessarily a new thing." 

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The bye week couldn't have gone much better for the Jets, who sat at home getting rest as the AFC playoff picture collapsed around them.

The Jets may have lost four of their last five games, but thanks to a group of increasingly mediocre, imploding, and very flawed teams in their conference, they just can't seem to slip out of the playoff picture. And in part because the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins lost on Sunday, the Jets will return to action this week just one game back in the race for the final wild-card spot in the AFC.

"I think it energizes us more than anything," Jets quarterback Josh McCown said. "We can't look back, obviously. Every team that has lost any game this year across the league would look and wish they had it back, especially if you are in the AFC. But more than anything it energizes us to know that we're still in the thick of things here with the last six weeks to play."

Yes, their schedule is difficult. But at this point, it's possible 8-8 might be good enough to snag the last playoff spot in this top-heavy conference. So the Jets are alive. And here - in current order of the conference standings - is a look at the rag-tag collection of "contenders" that might stand in their way:

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles throws a football during warmups prior to a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles throws a football during warmups prior to a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets (4-6) face the Panthers (7-3) on Sunday in Carolina. Here's what's going on Monday:

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The Jets return to practice today after five days off. SNY's Ralph Vacciano will be attending practice this week. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors.

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Jets mid-season report cards 00:09:19
The Jets Nation crew take a look back at the Jets' first half of the campaign and hand out their mid-season report cards.

Former Jets LB and current SNY Jets contributor Chad Cascadden gives his midseason grades.

Tune in to the Jets Nation Midseason report tonight at 6:30 on SNY!


Offense Overall: (C)

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) rushes for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) rushes for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

When Bilal Powell was drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 draft by the Jets, he was joining a backfield that included the legendary LaDainian Tomlinson. 

Powell only appeared in two games that season but the knowledge he picked up from Tomlinson in the Hall of Famer's final season was invaluable to his career...

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Oct 28, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) looks to pass against the Washington Huskies during the first quarter at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Oct 28, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) looks to pass against the Washington Huskies during the first quarter at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveThe most important football game for New York will not take place at the Meadowlands on Sunday. It will take place 2,800 miles away at the Los Angeles Coliseum, where the future of one or both of the New York teams may be on display Saturday night.

And yes, both the Giants and Jets will both have scouts in the press box watching UCLA take on USC - along with 18 other NFL teams. Their eyes will be fixed on Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen and Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold - the odds-on favorites to be the first and second picks of the 2018 draft.

The Jets, of course, are desperate to find their franchise quarterback. And the Giants are searching for the heir to their 36-year-old quarterback Eli Manning. Right now, the Giants seem to be in the best position to grab the quarterback they desire. But a few more losses over the final six games, and perhaps a trade up, and the Jets could be in position, too.

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New York Jets corner back Buster Skrine (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets corner back Buster Skrine (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Jets CB Buster Skrine was fined $48,620 for his hit on Bucs WR DeSean Jackson last Sunday, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

The third quarter hit on Jackson yielded an unnecessary roughness penalty. It was the 11th time this season Skrine has been penalized, which is the most by any defensive player in the NFL. 

It is also the second time Skrine has been fined this season. He was docked for a hit on Raiders RB DeAndre Washington in Week 2. 

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The Jets have finally reached their bye week, and it's probably at the right time after a dreadful loss to the Tampa Buccaneers. The guys discuss the defeat, as well as a recap of the season so far.

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The Jets (4-6) are on their bye week and next face the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 26. Here's what's going on Friday:

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The Jets are scheduled to return to practice on Monday. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors from SNY's Ralph Vacciano.

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Jets mid-season awards 00:05:26
The Jets Nation crew take a look back at Gang Green's first half and hand out their mid-season awards.

The Jets Nation crew take a look back at Gang Green's first half and hand out their mid-season awards.


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The Jets (4-6) are on their bye week and next face the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 26. Here's what's going on Wednesday:

Need to know

The Jets are scheduled to return to practice next Monday. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors from SNY's Ralph Vacciano.

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Current state of the Jets 00:02:37
Jon Hein and Willie Colon break down the current outlook for the Jets after their recent loss to Tampa Bay that dropped them to 4-6.

Jon Hein and Willie Colon break down the current outlook for the Jets after their recent loss to Tampa Bay that dropped them to 4-6.


NY Jets Special Teams coach Mike Westhoff as the Jets get in practice at the Jets Training Facility during training camp in Florham Park, NJ on Aug. 8, 2011 (William Perlman (USA Today))
NY Jets Special Teams coach Mike Westhoff as the Jets get in practice at the Jets Training Facility during training camp in Florham Park, NJ on Aug. 8, 2011 (William Perlman (USA Today))

Mike Westhoff, who had been working for SNY as Jets contributor, is coming out of retirement to join the Saints as a coach.

The 69-year old Westhoff, who was a special teams coach for the Jets from 2001 to 2012, is joining the Saints in the same capacity.

"I didn't want to regret something I didn't try," Westhoff said, according to the NY Post.

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Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons tackles New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons tackles New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets (4-6) are on their bye week and next face the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 26. Here's what's going on Wednesday:

Need to know

The Jets are scheduled to return to practice next Monday. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors from SNY's Ralph Vacciano.

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Former Jet Bart Scott will join Chris Carlin and Maggie Gray as the team to replace Mike Francesa on WFAN, per the NY Daily News. 

The annoucement has yet to be made by WFAN itself, but it was first reported that Carlin and Scott were to take part of the team taking over for the legendary Francesa. 

Scott currently works with ESPN 98.7 while Carlin talks for WIP radio in Philadelphia. Gray works for SI Now and CBS Sports Radio. 

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The Jets put together their most complete performance of the season in an impressive 34-21 win over the Bills on Thursday night, rushing for almost 200 yards and racking up seven sacks and three fumble recoveries in the process.

Let's start this week by breaking down the performances on the offensive side of the ball:

Quarterbacks

With the running game working, Josh McCown didn't need to throw much this week, but he was efficient when he did. He threw just seven passes after halftime, completing five. In the first half, while the game was still in the balance, McCown gave the Jets the lead with a touchdown scramble, completing a drive he'd kept alive himself with another third-down run.

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Chad Hansen, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Jeremy Kerley, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson
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Cast your votes below for the Jets offense, defense, special teams and coaching during the first half of the season and see the results on Jets Nation: Mid Season Report on Thursday 11/16 at 6:30PM.

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Nov 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) drops back against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) drops back against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Jets (4-6) are now on their bye week. Their next game is against the Carolina Panthers on November 26th. Here's what's going on today...

Tags: Jeremy Kerley, Josh McCown
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Unlike the previous week, the Jets offense looked stale in their 15-10 loss to the Bucs on Sunday.

Consistency is what the players didn't see from the unit after the game. As the Jets tried to find a rhythm, something would halt them in their tracks. Josh McCown says it's on the veterans like him because they didn't pull the team together. 

"Myself and the other veterans have to pull these [young] guys along, help us find consistency and be better," McCown told Jets.com's Ethan Greenberg. "Because every unit, at some point this year, has played and shown that they can play with the best in the league. But we have to do that for four quarters week in and week out and we didn't do that today. We have to take these next two weeks to get healthy, look in the mirror and figure out ways to do that and be better, so we can make a run down the stretch."

Tags: Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire, Josh McCown, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson
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(Charles LeClaire)

The University of Tennessee has expressed interest in Jets DC Kacy Rodgers to become their next head coach, per Newsday's Calvin Watkins.

Tennessee fired Butch Jones on Sunday, leaving the school to hire a new coach following the season. No interviews have been scheduled as the talks are just beginning between both sides. 

Rodgers played for the Vols from 1988-1991 was he was a linebacker/defensive end. He was also born in Humboldt, Tennessee. 

The Vols do not need permission from the Jets to talk to Rodgers about the position. 

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After the win against Buffalo, there was a lot of hype about the "resurgent" Jets and some talk of Todd Bowles as a coach of the year candidate. However, after yesterday's dispiriting loss, the reality is that the Jets have lost four of five with their only win coming over a Bills team whose 37-point loss to the Saints yesterday suggests they have been overrated. Heading to the bye, it's probably time to reset our expectations.

Let's start this week by breaking down the performances on the defensive side of the ball...

Tags: Buster Skrine, Demario Davis, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Juston Burris, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Steve McLendon
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(Kim Klement)

After playing their best game of the season against the Bills last Thursday, the Jets looked lethargic in their 15-10 loss to the Bucs on Sunday. 

It didn't look like the same Jets energy that ran all over MetLife Stadium a week prior. Head coach Todd Bowles noticed a lack of spirit to start the game, and it would last until the final whistle. 

"You've got to show up every week in this league or you get it handed to you," Bowles told The Post's Brian Costello. "We didn't show up today."

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Morris Claiborne, Robby Anderson
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Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick got his first start on Sunday against his former team, and made the best of it with a victory. 

"It was special to me to be able to win that game," Fitpatrick told NJ.com's Connor Hughes.

Fitzpatrick led the Bucs to a 15-10 win as the Jets suffered their sixth loss of the season. It wasn't his best performance as he finished 17-for-34 for 187 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. But his fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Charles Sims would be the deciding score, and the feat Fitzpatrick was hoping to achieve. 

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Jets Post Game Overtime: 11/12 00:11:49
The Jets Post Game crew hands out report cards following the Jets' 15-10 loss at the hands of the Buccaneers.

Nov 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Chad Hansen (16) reacts with a towel over his head during the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Chad Hansen (16) reacts with a towel over his head during the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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What a waste of an opportunity.

That's the only way to describe that hideous, 15-10 loss the Jets had on Sunday to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Jets had showed so much promise in recent weeks. They were 10 days removed from their best win of the season. They were getting everyone excited as they sat on the edge of the AFC playoff picture.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Josh McCown, Matt Forte, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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Bowles, McCown on 15-10 loss 00:02:04
Jets head coach Todd Bowles attributes the team's 15-10 loss to sloppy overall play, while QB Josh McCown credits Tampa Bay's game plan.

The Jets struggled on offense and former Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Bucaneers to a 15-10 win on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.  >> Box score


 

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Josh McCown, Robby Anderson, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Dr. Levine on treating soldiers 00:03:37
Dr. David Levine discusses his experience treating both professional athletes and soldiers. Demario Davis talks about their relationship.

Oct 8, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Kevin Hogan (8) runs the ball as New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne (21) comes in for the tackle during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Oct 8, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Kevin Hogan (8) runs the ball as New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne (21) comes in for the tackle during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson is active and CB Morris Claiborne is set to return on Sunday when the team faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a road matchup.

Claiborne returned to practice on Thursday after he was sidelined last week with a foot injury, while Wilkerson is set to go after resting during the week.

Tags: Matt Forte, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson
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New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Jets (4-5) at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-6) at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

We'll be shivering up here in the Northeast all weekend, but not so much down in Tampa. Temperatures should be in the low 80s throughout the game under partly cloudy skies, moderate winds, and a tiny chance of showers at some point...

Tags: Darron Lee, Demario Davis, Jamal Adams, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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