New York has hope of for a playoff berth after the collapse of the Broncos and Ravens have faltered over the past few weeks. They were handed a win by the Indianapolis Colts last weekend when head coach Jim Caldwell pulled all of his starters in the second half. The NFL has also given them a gift this week by allowing NBC to make their game the Sunday night finale.
The Cincinnati Bengals are going to already know whether or not they need to play on Sunday night. If New England wins against Houston earlier in the day, the Patriots will be the No. 3 seed in the AFC. This automatically puts Cincinnati as the No. 4 seed. If this is the scenario that plays out, a New York Jets victory will mean that they will play the Bengals two weeks in a row.
The Bengals are not going to play any meaningful starters or show anything worth noting on offense. The game will be absolutely meaningless. The NFL knew this and let it happen.
The two games that should have been played at night are Baltimore at Oakland or New England at Houston. This way if New York beat Cincinnati earlier in the day, New England would have been forced to win to get the three seed. If they were to lose, it would affect so many playoff scenarios if the Jets or Ravens had lost earlier in the day.
I guess their is no perfect solution to the situation. The NFL would be better off putting a game without any seeding implications in the night position for that simple reason. All of the games should be moved to 4:15pm and played out simultaneously. That would be the best case scenario for all teams to play their starters as they scoreboard watch, but at least we would get to see an honest effort in all games.
Congratulations Jets fans, you faced the Colts in the perfect week, and will also get the Bengals in the perfect week.
It really is a joke because you are not the best 8-7 team in the AFC. Any of the other four teams are capable of doing more in the playoffs than the Jets.
Enjoy your Wild Card loss to the Bengals or Patriots.