08 December 2009
It will not be easy for the Jets down the stretch. They have to win out if they have any hope of making the playoffs. Of the three AFC East teams in playoff contention, their opponents have the highest combined winning percentage (.583). But that stat may be misleading. In theory, the Jets two hardest remaining games come versus AFC opponents: the Colts and Bengals. The Colts, however, have already announced they will start liberally benching players once they have clinched home field advantage; a feat they will likely accomplish before their Week 16 match-up versus the Jets. And the Bengals? They clinch the NFC North with a win in any of their next three games. And their goal of getting a first round bye will already have been determined by their Week 15 contest versus the Chargers.
Sounds pretty easy, right? Oh, yeah. The Jets actually have to win all four games and have countless teams aid them in their journey to the playoffs. The following formula will land the Jets a six seed in the AFC bracket. They will then face the Bengals/Chargers and promptly be eliminated from the playoffs.
(This is all contingent on the Jets winning out. Hence, no Steelers. (Nelson Muntz laugh at the 'burgh!)Dolphins (6-6) Ravens (6-6) Jaguars (7-5) Jets (6-6)
@Jags (W) Lions (W) Dolphins (L) @Bucs (W)
@Titans (L) Bears (W) Colts (L) Falcons (W)
Texans (W) @Steelers (L) @Patriots (L) @Colts (W)... /-:
Steelers (L) @Raiders (W) @Browns (W) Bengals (W) FR: 8-8 FR: 9-7 FR: 8-8 FR: 10-6