The NY Jets may not have played football this past weekend, but that doesn’t mean fans didn’t have interest in rooting. Far from it, in fact.
The Jets were absent, but a number of playoff teams alongside Gang Green played, and the results of their games had a direct impact on New York’s chances of making the playoffs.
The Jets’ focus has been on the playoff run in mid-November for more than half a decade, so for some, staring at the scoreboard is likely an unfamiliar pastime. But in Week 10, that’s exactly what many Jets fans were doing.
Fortunately, the Jets actually received help in the form of losses from the Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Chargers. As a result, the Jets chances of making the playoffs actually increased to 72.2% during the bye week, per ESPN analysis.
Perhaps the more significant of the two losses, at least as far as the AFC East Division run goes, was the Bills’ shocking overtime loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
It took an otherworldly take from Justin Jefferson and a miracle sloppy snap at the yard line for the Vikings to escape with the 33-30 win, but they did. All of a sudden, the Bills fell to third place in the AFC East. They cannot regain their division lead until Week 12 at the earliest.
As for the Jets, they now sit alone in second place just half a game behind the Miami Dolphins. If the Jets beat the New England Patriots this Sundaythey will climb to first place in the AFC East as the end of November approaches.
There’s even a chance the Jets could be the No. 1 seed in the entire AFC after this week if a few results are successful. That’s how important Bills’ loss was to the Jets.
The other result was more about the wild card race as the Chargers fell to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football. The Chargers are now 5-4, eighth in the AFC and one game behind the Jets.
If the season were to end today, the entire AFC East would be in the playoffs following the Chargers’ loss. This has never happened before in NFL history.
The Jets are essentially in control of their own destiny at this point thanks to two major losses from competing teams. They didn’t play on Sunday, but they still came out on top.