AFC Playoff Picture: The New York Jets aren’t dead yet

The 2017 New York Jets wouldn’t be in the hunt of the AFC playoff race 11 weeks into the season in most years. Alas, we live in extraordinary times.

Maybe extraordinary is the wrong word, but this definitely isn’t an ordinary year in the NFL. The entire AFC stinks outside of the Patriots and Steelers when they don’t play down to their competition.

That means the New York Jets, at 4-6, are amazingly still in the playoff hunt.

That’s right! The Jets, Dolphins, Bengals, Texans, Chargers and Raiders are only one game out of the final wild card spot with the Ravens sitting at 5-5. In fact, every AFC team aside from the winless Browns are within two games of a playoff berth.

It’s worth noting that the Jets could be sitting all alone in a wild card spot had they not choked on the road against Miami and actually showed up against the Buccaneers two weeks ago.

The problem is New York’s schedule is among one of the toughest down the stretch. The Jets host Carolina and the vulnerable Chiefs over the next two weeks. They then travel to Denver and New Orleans before wrapping up the season vs. the Chargers and at New England.

In a year as mediocre as this one, there will at least be some compelling games as December approaches. The Jets are probably one of the worst teams in that group of 4-6 squads. But until they’re mathematically eliminated, these final five games might be worth watching.

The Jets have no margin for error, but the lousy AFC has them in the thick of the race, as crazy as that seems.

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