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NFL Playoff Scenarios: Jets Need Plenty of Help

The New York Jets need plenty of help if they are going to reach the AFC playoffs for the third consecutive season. Saturday’s loss to the New York Giants has put Rex Ryan’s team in a win-and-hope situation.

The Jets must beat the resurgent Miami Dolphins (5-10) in Miami. The Dolphins, once 0-7, have gone 5-3 over their last eight games.

Then the Jets have to hope that the Cincinnati Bengals (9-6) lose to the Baltimore Ravens, that the 8-7 Tennessee Titans lose or tie and that either the Denver Broncos or Oakland Raiders lose on Sunday.

So, the loss to the Giants proved not only embarrassing to Ryan’s ego, but it seemingly devastated the Jets’ playoff hopes.

NY Jets clinch a wild card spot if:

1) NYJ win + CIN loss + TEN loss or tie + OAK loss or tie

2) NYJ win + CIN loss + TEN loss or tie + DEN loss or tie