The Jets' chances of making the postseason are also enhanced by the lack of strength in the entire AFC.
Right now, there looks to be five teams who will definitely make the playoffs (the Chiefs, Patriots, Bengals, Colts and Broncos). After those five teams, though, there is a major drop-off in talent.
There is the 4-3 Chargers, who are offensively loaded but have serious flaws on defense.
There is the 3-4 Ravens, who seem completely lost on offense.
There is the 3-4 Dolphins, who can't protect their quarterback or stop the run and are currently falling off a cliff.
There is the 3-4 Raiders and the 3-5 Browns, who are the Raiders and the Browns.
And there is the 3-4 Titans, who are a talented team but lack the consistency to be a serious contender.
New York has serious flaws, but so do all of the teams that Gang Green is competing with to claim the sixth spot in the AFC playoff field.
An 8-8 record could potentially get the Jets into the playoffs.