This weekend, the Jets will definitely have their work cut out for them as the Dolphins have made it hard on opponents going down the stretch the season. If the Jets were to win on Sunday, though, they would still be in playoff contention if they receive some help.
In order for the Jets to make the playoffs, they will need to win and get losses from Tennessee, Cincinnati and the Raiders or Broncos.
As for the other teams in contention for the sixth and final AFC Wild Card spot, here is what they will need if the Jets win on Sunday:
The Bengals can clinch a playoff spot with a big victory against the Baltimore Ravens who are in competition with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the second first-round bye. If the Bengals win, they would most likely play the Houston Texans in the wild-card round.
The Titans are the team that can crush the Jets' dreams before the Bengals even play, as they play the Houston Texans. The Texans have already clinched a playoff spot and are not in contention for a first-round bye, so look for them to rest most of their starters, giving the Tennessee Titans an opportunity to win and sneak into the playoffs if Cincinnati loses to Baltimore, and either the Raiders or Broncos lose.
Sorry, Jets fans, but it looks like Rex and gang green will be watching all of the playoffs from the comfort of their own homes this year. With all of the help the Jets need in comparison to the other teams "in the hunt," they really lost control of their destiny with the loss to the Giants.
Look for the Titans to sneak into the playoffs, as they will not face a tough Houston team, while the Bengals have to face a physical Baltimore team that would like a week off and a home game during the Divisional Round in a few weeks.