The New York Jets (8-5) have won three straight games and moved into possession of one of the two AFC wild-card playoff berths. The Jets look to solidify that spot and make it four in a row when they face the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday (4:05 p.m.) at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
At the beginning of the season this looked like it could be one of the season's marquee match-ups. The Jets, losers in the last two AFC Championship Games, against the Eagles, the 'Dream Team' that was the popular pick to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl after several big-name free-agent acquisitions.
It has not worked out that way, of course. The Jets still have a legitimate opportunity, especially if they can win Sunday and get to 9-5 for the season. The 5-8 Eagles are, mathematically, still in the NFC playoff race. It has been a disappointing year for the Eagles, though, and in reality they are limping to the finish of a forgettable year.
"t's playoff time right now. (That's how) we've approached it every game. We're not looking at what's past this week or anything else - this scenario (or) that scenario. We're looking at this team and that's it. We have one focus and that's to beat the Philadelphia Eagles," Jets coach Rex ryan said. "We have to travel to Philly. I don't believe the Jets have ever won in Philly, so it's a tough place to play. We understand that. So, every bit of energy is going to be focused on playing Philly."