The time for rooting for other teams has begun. The New York Jets are going to need some help to get into the playoffs, and that help will have to come starting tonight.
With a win, the Bengals edge ever closer to the final wild-card spot. With a loss, they open the door for the Jets to sneak in.
Either way, next week's game between the Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers will serve as the final nail in the coffin for the team on the wrong end of the result.
The best-case scenario for the Jets would be a Bengals loss on Thursday Night Football followed by a Steelers loss to the Bengals either this week or next week. No matter the outcome of tonight's game, it won't change the fact that the Jets must win their final three games to even have a chance at the playoffs.
Here's some more news and updates from around the AFC East.
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B/R Bills featured columnist Aaron Lowinger details his trials and tribulations as a Bills fan.
Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald thinks the Dolphins could use an upgrade at tight end.
Brian Biggane of The Palm Beach Post talks about the return of Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne, who still exhibits a lot of the same inconsistency fans saw in him in Miami.
Bleacher Report Patriots featured columnist James Ermilio lists the defenses that could give the Patriots a tough matchup in the playoffs.
Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand or via team press releases.
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