Following a near comeback win, the NY Jets fell to 7-5 after losing on the road to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 13. Many fans and analysts were discussing how the loss impacted the Jets' playoff hope, saying that it could be a game that haunts them by the end of the season.
While this could still be true, the Jets also received some help from other outcomes in Week 14. With the home stretch coming up, the Jets do have some control over their own destiny but will need to be keeping an eye on other teams in the AFC playoff picture.
Let's take a look at the five teams that the Jets will be battling for a playoff position with and some of the biggest factors when it comes to strength of schedule and tiebreakers.
As a reminder the Jets' current record is 7-5, their division record is 2-2, and their conference record is 5-4.
Baltimore Ravens (8-4) and Cincinnati Bengals (8-4)
Ravens remaining schedule: @ Pittsburgh Steelers, @ Cleveland Browns, vs. Atlanta Falcons, vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, @ Cincinnati Bengals
Bengals remaining schedule: vs. Cleveland Browns, @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, @ New England Patriots, vs, Buffalo Bills, vs. Baltimore Ravens
These teams are fairly similar scenarios for the Jets considering that New York loses the tiebreaker with both teams as they lost head-to-head against the Ravens and Bengals early on in the season.
This means that the Jets would have to finish one game above whichever team does not win the division, likely needing 11 or 12 wins to do so. While the Bengals' schedule is a bit tougher to end the season, they are also the healthier and better team at the moment.
It's tough to see the Jets being able to have a one-game lead over either of these teams by the end of the season. Barring a fall from grace, both of these teams are likely bound for the postseason.