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New York Jets Still A Factor in AFC Wild Card Battle

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Each week, sports media members change their views on franchises, coaches and players. One game means they should be dismissed while the next contest makes them contenders.

2013 has been a wild ride for the New York Jets, who underwent a three-game losing streak after alter alternating wins and losses through 10 contests. Quarterback Geno Smith quickly established himself as a player with poise in the pocket early in the year, but turnovers started to come at an alarming  rate while taking his team out of games.

Their receiving corps has been insulted in recent weeks for not having enough talent. Getting Jeremy Kerley back opens up an explosiveness that was missing. I like their solid running game with Chris Ivory and his powerful style. Falling to 5-7 last week put them in danger due to missing out on tiebreakers. Winning in Week 14 suddenly put Gang Green in a position to stay relevant.

The defending champion Baltimore Ravens barley snuck by on Sunday maintaining a one-game advantage, technically two games on New York because of head-to-head tiebreakers. Tough opponents remain, though, with the New England PatriotsDetroit Lions and Cincinnati Bengals. Two of these are road games which makes them more difficult.

The Miami Dolphins remain ahead, but that could change after their Week 17 meeting.

Now the Jets of course have a challenging road ahead as well. Cam Newton’s Carolina Panthers are very good, and will be angry after Sunday’s beating. If pressure can come then maybe Newton will make mistakes. The Cleveland Browns are capable of competing any day. It is still a long shot, but winning on Sunday kept them in the mix for at least another week.