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For the Jets, it starts on Monday night against Tennessee. If they win that game, that puts them in a tie with the Steelers, who own the tiebreaker over the Jets. If the Jets win out, they'll have a fighting chance. They will still need Cincinnati to beat the Steelers in Week 16 and then lose to Baltimore in Week 17.
However, even if the Steelers beat the Bengals, the Jets will still have a shot if they continue to win, provided that Pittsburgh loses to Cleveland in Week 17.
The Jets have the advantage of finishing the season against the Titans, Chargers and Bills. Those games should be won by the Jets, which would put them at 9-7.
If that happens, Rex Ryan should win Coach of the Year. I'm being dead serious. Considering the circus surrounding the Jets all season long, a playoff berth would be a miraculous ending to the season.
Considering this team's recent history, I probably wouldn't want to face them come playoff time.
Final Two Games: Home vs. San Diego (Dec. 23), at Buffalo (Dec. 30)