If the Cincinnati Bengals lose to the Baltimore Ravens in Cincinnati, the Tennessee Titans lose to the Houston Texans in Houston and if the Denver Broncos lose to the Kansas City Chiefs in Denver or the Oakland Raiders lose to the San Diego Chargers in Oakland, believe it or not, the New York Jets can actually sneak into the playoffs with a win over the Miami Dolphins in Miami.
Yes, that is three games that must break the right way for the Jets.
If the Jets can pull out a win, the scoreboard watching will start. The Jets game is one of the early games, along with the Titans game. If the Titans win, and the game finishes up before the Jets game, the Jets season could be over even before their game ends.
If the Titans don't win, three late games, Chiefs vs. Broncos, Bengals vs. Ravens and Raiders vs. Chargers, keep the Jets season alive.
New York put themselves in this wait-and-see position. The two big losses that come to mind are the Broncos game, where the Jets got Tebowed, allowing Tim Tebow to run for the game-winning TD, and the most recent game against the Giants, where the Jets appeared to be in control before giving up the 99-yard TD to Victor Cruz.
The Jets season is held in the mercy of other teams, some who control their own playoff destiny. The Broncos and Bengals are both in with a win.
If the New York Jets want to at least do their part and beat the Dolphins, they must;