With three weeks remaining in the regular season, it’s that time of year where some teams will make that final run at earning the right to play in January with a playoff spot. As crazy as it sounds, there’s one team back in the hunt that nobody could have predicted a few weeks ago–the New York Jets.
After Sunday’s 17-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Jets currently sit in eighth place in the AFC standings with a 6-7 record and will most likely compete with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals for the last Wild Card spot in the conference. With a favorable schedule consisting of matchups against the Tennessee Titans, San Diego Chargers, and Buffalo Bills, New York could easily win their final three games of the regular season to finish with a 9-7 record and earn that final spot with some help from a few other teams.
This may be frustrating as a football fan to accept considering how bad the Jets have looked at times in 2012, but crazier things have happened in the NFL when it comes to teams earning a playoff spot in the final weeks of the regular season. The fact that New York is even in consideration for the playoffs with the league’s 30th ranked offense and a quarterback like Mark Sanchez is just one of many reasons why this would be embarrassing for the AFC as a conference.
Keep in mind Sanchez has thrown just two touchdowns over his last five games and 12 touchdowns all season–which is why this scenario is crazy to believe.
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