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The 6-7 New York Jets kept their season alive with a 37-27 home victory over the Oakland Raiders. Geno Smith bounced back with his best game in two months and the Jet defense answered the call with a strong defensive effort. Things will get much tougher this week for Smith and Co. as they travel to Carolina to take on the angry 9-4 Carolina Panthers. Carolina laid an egg on Sunday Night Football in New Orleans and will look to bounce back with a home victory over the Jets. Carolina QB Cam Newton has played well lately and the Jets must figure out a way to slow to down Newton’s dual-threat abilities. After running for 4.5 yards per carry against Oakland, the Jets will try to run on Carolina’s ferocious, top-ranked run defense. Carolina is allowing a league best 79.4 rushing yards per game. 

The Jets enter this game trailing the Baltimore Ravens by one game for the AFC’s final Wildcard spot. The Miami Dolphins, who the Jets play in Week 17, also sit one game ahead of the Jets. The Ravens have a tough remaining schedule (at DET, vs NE, at CIN) while the Dolphins have a much easier schedule (vs NE, at BUF, vs NYJ). The Jets’ remaining schedule presents some challenges (at CAR, vs CLE, at MIA), so a win this week is critical for keeping playoff hopes alive. Many are not expecting a Jet win this weekend. Current NFL betting odds have Carolina installed as a 12-point favorite. The linemakers are clearly expecting a big performance from Carolina and a lack luster performance from the Jets. 

In most instances, I would expect the Jets to build off of last week’s victory. However, this is a terrible match-up. Carolina’s defense has been one of the top units in the NFL. No one runs the ball on the Panthers. The Jets have enough trouble passing the ball to make me a little leery about this match-up. I’m expecting Carolina to win big and cover the spread.

Prediction: Carolina 27 New York 10

Last week, the 5-6 New York Jets looked completely inept as they dropped a 19-3 decision in Baltimore to the Ravens. As a rookie passer, Geno Smith has looked bewildered against the blitz. The Ravens deployed a multitude of blitz packages and Smith was only able to complete four passes for 42 yards through three and a half quarters of play. The 5-6 Miami Dolphins figure to follow suite and apply pressure early and often. 

The Miami Dolphins, who are no strangers to controversy, head to New York off a very tough home loss to the Carolina Panthers. Carolina QB Cam Newton willed the Panthers to a last second victory and sent the Dolphins into a six-way tie for the final AFC playoff berth. With only five weeks to go, every game is critical. Given how tight the playoff race is, this battle of 5-6 AFC East foes is essentially an elimination game. 

After this week’s home tilt against the Dolphins, the Jets will host the 4-7 Oakland Raiders, travel to take on the surging 8-3 Carolina Panthers, host the 4-7 Cleveland Browns, and square off against the 5-6 Dolphins in Week 17. A win this week will give the Jets a great chance at securing eight wins with the possibility of nine wins. The Jets figure to be a large underdog in Carolina against the Panthers. 

Bookmakers are expecting a tight game between the Jets and Dolphins. A review of past 2013 NFL odds suggest that the Jets are the play as the home team in a ‘Pick’em Game’. The Jets are 4-1 against the spread as a home team this season while the Dolphins are 2-3 ATS as a road team. In addition, the over/under is set at 38.5 points, which is one of the lowest Week 13 totals. Miami QB Ryan Tannehill is one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the NFL, so expect Rex Ryan to deploy pressure looks to test Miami’s offensive line. I like the Jets this week in a very tight contest.

Prediction: Jets 20 Dolphins 17

Week 10: One playoff berth (and regular season championship clinched). Another is only a few points away…

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One is never enough. We completed a second FFPC draft as we chase our shot at the $250,000 grand prize. For those unfamiliar with FFPC scoring, teams must start 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 2 Flexes, 1 K, and 1 DEF. It’s dynamic point-per-reception scoring with tight ends receiving 1.5 points-per-reception. We drew the 1st pick out of 12. Without further ado, our draft results are recapped below:

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