When the 2017 NFL season kicked off, plenty of people would have put good money on this Sunday's Jets-Patriots game being a matchup of an 0-6 team vs a 6-0 team. Instead, it's one of the more anticipated games of Week 6 because it will decide 1st place in the AFC East.

Both New York and New England come in with 3-2 records (the Bills are also 3-2 and idle this week) and the idea of tanking for the Jets has long been thrown out the window. Even with a daunting schedule in front of them, fans of the Jets are no longer thinking spring and what a top pick in next year's draft might bring. Shockingly, the playoffs have to be part of this franchise's conversation and January football or not, a contract extension needs to be offered to Todd Bowles who has this team where no one thought he would...contending for the division lead six weeks into the season.

SNY's Jeané Coakley joined Big Board Sports to preview the matchup and even give Jets fans some hope against their rival: