Don’t lie to yourself and say you aren’t doing the following – looking at the Jets current scenario, looking at the AFC playoff field and talking yourself into them getting in, knocking off Houston in the first round, and then repeating what they did last season to New England. Just so you know, you are a crazy person, but hey you are in the company of one on this site right now:
First off, the Jets need to beat the Dolphins, a tall task considering how well Miami has been playing and how generally awful the Jets have looked the past two weeks. They play at 1 PM.
Second, also at 1 PM Houston hosts Tennessee. The early word is that Houston will play their starters and treat this game like any other despite it being meaningless for them, which is obviously good news for the Jets. It makes sense for them to want to avoid heading into the playoffs on a 3 game losing streak and to keep a division rival out of the playoffs. Yet, considering the Texans have just lost to the Panthers and Colts, who knows if they can even beat Tennessee if they try to?
If the 1 PM games end and the Jets are still alive, you should be feeling pretty good. You have to expect Baltimore to beat Cincinnati to avoid losing out on a bye. Then they need either Oakland to lose to San Diego or Denver to lose to Kansas City. The AFC West has been a complete toss-up all season and either of those games could go either way.
Here is how I rank the likelihood of the different games breaking the Jets way on Sunday, with the 1st being the most likely —
1. Baltimore beats Cincinnati
2. San Diego beats Oakland
3. Kansas City beats Denver (Did you watch Denver lose by 26 to Buffalo last week? Yikes).
4. Jets beat Miami
5. Houston beats Tennessee