The New York Jets Playoff Rooting Guide – Week 17

Joe Caporoso with your New York Jets playoff rooting guide for week 17…

The New York Jets had a fortuitous week 16 for their playoff hopes, thanks to a 26-20 overtime victory against the New England Patriots and a Ryan Mallett led upset by the Baltimore Ravens over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Here is what you need to know going into week 17:

The Standings

  1. New England 12-3
  2. Denver 11-4
  3. Cincinnati 11-4
  4. Houston 8-7
  5. Kansas City 10-5
  6. New York 10-5
  7. Pittsburgh 9-6

How The Jets Get In

  1. Beat Buffalo OR
  2. Pittsburgh loses to Cleveland (which makes result of Jets/Bills irrelevant)

Just beat Buffalo, man.

How The Jets Get The #5 Seed (AKA How To Play Houston Wild Card Weekend)

  1. Beat Buffalo
  2. Kansas City loses to Oakland OR Denver loses to San Diego

How The Jets Stay At #6 Seed and Play Cincinnati Wild Card Weekend

  1. Win and have Kansas City and Denver win.
  2. Lose and have Pittsburgh lose, along with Kansas City and Denver win

How The Jets Stay At #6 Seed and Play Denver Wild Card Weekend

  1. Lose and have Pittsburgh lose, along with Kansas City and Denver lose, along with Cincinnati win

How The Jets Stay At #6 Seed and Play Kansas City Wild Card Weekend

  1. Lose and have Pittsburgh lose, Denver lose, Kansas City and Cincinnati win

So, if the Jets get in they are probably playing Houston or Cincinnati.

One Man’s Opinion On The Jets Best Route In The Playoffs 

  • Win and have Kansas City lose to Oakland so the playoff field looks like this
  1. New England
  2. Denver
  3. Cincinnati
  4. Houston
  5. New York
  6. Kansas City

This sets up Jets at Houston and Kansas City at Cincinnati. This individual thinks Kansas City wins that game, as do the Jets setting up Jets/Denver and Kansas City/New England in round two. The Jets then either get a rematch with the Patriots or the chance to host Kansas City.

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Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports