With a 28-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills, the New York Jets climbed to 6-5 on the season. Let’s recap the standings and examine the rest of the AFC playoff hopefuls to see where the Jets currently rank.
Team — Record — Conf. Record
1. Texans …. 8-3 … 7-2*
2. Patriots … 8-3 … 6-2*
3. Ravens …. 8-3 … 5-2*
4. Raiders …. 7-4 … 5-4*
5. Steelers … 8-3 … 6-3
6. Bengals … 7-4 …. 6-3
7. Broncos … 6-5 … 6-3**
8. Jets …….. 6-5 … 5-5***
9. Titans ….. 6-5 … 4-4
* – Division leader
** – Win tiebreaker over Jets and Titans based on winning percentage of conference games
*** – Win tiebreaker over Titans based on strength of victory
New England Patriots (8-3). The Patriots put a beat down on the Philadelphia Eagles and are all but a lock to win the AFC East. The Jets will need to secure 1 of 2 wild card spots to reach the playoffs.
Baltimore Ravens (8-3). The Ravens, tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but owning the season series, are in position to capture their division with remaining games against the Browns twice and the Colts.
Oakland Raiders (7-4). With a 25-20 victory over the Chicago Bears, featuring 6 field goals from Sebastian Janikowski, the Raiders are in position to win the AFC West for the first time since 2002. The Carson Palmer acquisition looks pretty good now. The Raiders face the Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers to finish the season. A rough finish in which the Raiders could end up 9-7, 10-6 or 11-5.
Houston Texans (8-3). A big win over the Jacksonville Jaguars should provide breathing room for the Texans to capture the AFC South. Remaining schedule is medium with the Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, and Tennessee Titans. With a 2 game lead over the Titans, the Texans should squeak it out.
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