Despite losing today to the Carolina Panthers, the New York Jets playoff hopes are still alive. However, don’t get your hopes up Jets’ fans. Although it is mathematically possible, there is a lot that needs to happen and it seems almost impossible for it to happen. Here is everything that needs to occur in order for the New York Jets to make the playoffs:
- The New York Jets win all of their remaining two games.
- The Miami Dolphins lose all of their remaining two games.
- The Baltimore Ravens lose all of their remaining three games.
- The San Diego Chargers lose at least one of their remaining two games.
- The Pittsburgh Steelers lose at least one of their remaining three games.
If and only if ALL of these situations occur the New York Jets will make the playoffs. Although this may seem daunting, it isn’t as bad as it seems. By saying this, I mean that instead of it being a 0.1% chance to make the playoffs it’s probably somewhere around the 2% range. The reason for this is due to the Ravens, Chargers, and Steelers remaining schedule.
The Ravens need to lose out for the Jets to make the playoffs, although their remaining schedule makes this seem possible. Baltimore will face the Detroit Lions (7-6) on Monday night, the New England Patriots (10-4) in Week 16, and the Cincinnati Bengals (9-4) in the regular season finale. These are all very losable games, and it seems quite possible for the Ravens to lose all of their remaining games.
As for the Chargers and Steelers, they both need to lose just one more game. The Chargers remaining opponents include the Oakland Raiders (4-10) and the Kansas City Chiefs (11-3). Although they will likely beat the Raiders, a loss to the Chiefs is a definite possibility. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ final three games are against the Cincinnati Bengals (9-4), the Green Bay Packers (6-7-1), and the Cleveland Browns (4-10). Losses to both the Bengals and Packers seem likely, especially because the Jets only need them to lose once and that Aaron Rodgers will likely be playing next Sunday.
If all this happens, just leaves two more situations need to occur for the Jets to make the playoffs. They need to win out, and the Dolphins need to lose out. In Week 16, the Jets play the Cleveland Browns and the Dolphins play the Buffalo Bills. Although the Jets will likely win their game, the Dolphins have a good chance of beating Buffalo. For argument’s sake, lets just say the Dolphins lose to the Bills. This will set up a Week 17 matchup between these two teams and, if all the other situations occur, this game will decide who will make the playoffs.
If the Jets can somehow manage to win two games in a row for the first time this year, along with help from the Dolphins, Ravens, Chargers, and Steelers, the New York Jets playoff dreams will be achieved.