It's possible the Jets don't win another game with the difficult schedule they have when they return from their bye week.
That might be music to the ears of the pro-tanking contingent of the fan base, but the Jets' 3-7 record is still better four other teams, so getting the top pick might be out of the question even with a 3-13 record.
So what can the Jets accomplish the rest of the season? Let's make a list.
--Ween Sam Darnold off the turnovers. He's only 21 years old, so this one is possible. Tell the rookie you don't care about production or making big plays, so long as he protects the ball.
In 33 starts between USC and the Jets, Darnold has at least one turnover in 27 of them, including a league-leading 14 interceptions in nine pro games. Nobody else in the league has more than 10 this season.
Teaching Darnold how to keep the ball out of the hands of opposing defenses is key to his maturation.
--Figure out their identity. Bowles was a defensive player and a defensive coach his entire career before coming to the Jets. But the Jets' offense is clearly broken after it's scored only 43 points during its four-game losing streak.
We've seen what has happened for young quarterbacks when they work with talented offensive minds (Carson Wentz/Doug Pederson; Pat Mahomes/Andy Reid; Jared Goff/Sean McVay), so maybe that's the direction they have to take after this season once they part ways with Bowles.
--Keep everyone healthy. The next six games really don't matter in the standings, so keep guys out if they're hurting, with Darnold being the leading candidate.
Darnold shouldn't play until he's 100 percent healthy after his foot injury. Let 39-year-old Josh McCown take the hits, since he'll likely be retiring at the end of the season, anyway.
The Jets have very few foundational players, but among the players I'd be cautious with are -- WRs Robby Anderson/Quincy Enunwa, who have both battled ankle injuries all season, SS Jamal Adams, FS Marcus Maye, ILBs Darron Lee/Avery Williamson, DE Leonard Williams and CB Trumaine Johnson (but only because they're paying him a boatload of money).
As callous as it may sound, the rest of the guys are expendable.
When asked Monday what the Jets have left to play for the rest of the season, left tackle Kelvin Beachum said: “Each other.”
Well, that's something, I guess.