Still in playoff hunt after major slump
New York (6-6) would miss the playoffs if they started today, but they're in a lot better shape than two weeks earlier, at 4-6.
"When we were struggling and losing a few games, things did seem a little bleak," fullback Tony Richardson said. "The biggest thing is what Coach (Rex) Ryan kept telling us is focus on one game at a time and one week at a time. That's the only thing you have control over."
The Jets responded by beating Carolina 17-6 on Nov. 29 and followed with a 19-13 victory over Buffalo in Toronto four days later. Then, Pittsburgh, New England, Tennessee and Houston all lost Sunday and the Ravens lost Monday. Those results helped the Jets go from the edge of the playoff hunt to right in the middle of it. New York is tied with Miami, one game behind AFC East-leading New England.