Picture this scenario for the New York Jets: at about 7 PM this Sunday night, they sit at 8-5 and in complete control of their own playoff destiny. If they win out, they will be in. No scoreboard watching. No worrying about another team giving them help.
It isn’t that far fetched.
The New York Jets host the Kansas City Chiefs at 1 PM, in a game that they should win. Considering how stingy the Chiefs D has been and their ability to run the football. This will be far from a walkover but you would hope in the end, a Rex Ryan defense will triumph over Tyler Palko.
Let’s then take a look at who the other 7-5 teams in the AFC are playing.
Fresh off the whooping they took in Miami, Oakland must travel to face the Green Bay Packers. I don’t think it is a leap to think that the Raiders won’t be ending Green Bay’s hope for a perfect season. Tebow Christ and Denver will be hosting Chicago, in a game they probably should win to take control of the AFC West.
The Cincinnati Bengals host the Houston Texans. Most of us had assumed the Texans would begin to fall off with T.J. Yates under center but their defense and running game has been good enough to keep them afloat. Cincinnati looks they are starting to feel the injuries on their roster and may be ready to fall off. It would be a decent upset if they knocked off Houston, considering how poor they looked against Pittsburgh last week. Jets fans need to be pulling hard for the Texans because the Bengals have the Rams and Cardinals coming up after and there is no guarantee their week 17 game against Baltimore will be difficult, as the Ravens could be resting starters.
The Tennessee Titans have looked like a legitimate threat these past two weeks but host the red hot Saints at home this Sunday. Similar to the Bengals scenario, this is the hardest game left on the Titans schedule. After playing the Saints, they have Indianapolis, Jacksonville, and Houston in what could be a meaningless game.
In summary, the Jets need to handle their business and hope New Orleans, Houston, and Green Bay do the same as favorites. If that happens, the Jets playoff destiny will be in their own hands. If it doesn’t, the Jets are going to need major help and major upsets down the stretch.