The New York Jets look to take one step closer to nailing down an AFC playoff berth Saturday, as fans can watch a special weekend edition of NFL Thursday Night Football from Arlington, Texas, where the Jets — who won just four games last season — will face the injury-riddled Dallas Cowboys, who remain at least mathematically in the hunt for playoff qualification in 2015.
For that matter, a loss for the 8-5 Jets would not necessarily be fatal to their playoff hopes, but it would deal New York a devastating setback. If the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Denver Broncos in Pittsburgh on Sunday, the Steelers would take over the second AFC Wild Card slot from the Jets, and would need only to win their final two games against Baltimore and Cleveland to clinch the Wild Card berth.
Watch a preview of the game from former NFL quarterback turned media personality Boomer Esiason in the video below, from the studios of Esiason’s Boomer and Carton radio show.
As far as the 4-9 Dallas Cowboys are concerned, they must win all three of their remaining games to have any hope of overtaking the other three NFC East teams, who are all tied at 6-7 and turn around a season that is in danger of seeing the Cowboys post their worst won-loss record since 1989, when the team won only one game all season.
After finishing at 12-4 last year, the 2015 campaign has unfolded in bitterly disappointing fashion for the franchise that once called itself “America’s Team.”
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Even if Dallas wins all three of their remaining games, they will end up with their lowest win total since their 6-10 2010 season.
To find out how to watch the special Saturday NFL Thursday Night Football game, New York Jets vs. Dallas Cowboys, see the streaming link in the final paragraph of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:25 p.m. Central Time on Saturday, December 19, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. That’s 8:25 p.m. Eastern Time, 5:25 p.m. Pacific.
While the focus for the Jets will be on tightening their grip on a playoff spot, several players on the team also have individual milestones on the horizon. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall will break former Jets receiver Al Toon’s team record 93 reception in a season with five more catches.
Fellow wide receiver Eric Decker needs to grab just 125 yards to crack the 1,000 mark, which would be the first time in Jets history that two wide receivers had hit four digits in yardage, while ball-carrier Chris Ivory is only 86 yards shy of 1,000, which would be a first for Ivory at any level of football.
Even though they are playing on the road, and making their first-ever visit to 80,000-seat AT&T Stadium — formerly Cowboys Stadium — Las Vegas has installed the Jets as three-point favorites going into the Saturday night game, which will be the only NFL game played that day.
The wild card in the Jets-Cowboys game could be the Dallas pass rush, the one component of the Cowboys game that has been functioning on full throttle in recent weeks. Controversial but always intimidating lineman Greg Hardy has piled up 5.5 sacks in just nine games since he returned from his four-game suspension over domestic violence allegations, while his line-mate DeMarcus Lawrence has grabbed six sacks overall — but five in his last five games.
Since the merger of the AFL and NFL 45 years ago, the Jets and Cowboys have faced each other other only 10 times. The Cowboys have won seven of those meetings, but the Jets hold the most recent bragging rights, with a 27-24 victory on September 11, 2011.
The New York Jets vs. Dallas Cowboys Thursday Night Football on Saturday in Week 15 battle will be available to watch live online in streaming video from the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with credentials from numerous cable and satellite providers via the NFL Network with streaming video at this link. A live streaming radio broadcast of the Jets vs. Cowboys Saturday NFL matchup can also be accessed via this link.
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