The New York Jets have a better chance to make the playoffs than the New York Giants. That bears repeating.
The New York Jets have a better chance to make the playoffs than the New York Giants.
All those jokes about the Jets having the worst collection of talent in the NFL are dead, at least for a week.
After a Week 3 win over the Miami Dolphins, the Jets are 1-2 and suddenly feeling pretty good about life.
The rebuilding franchise looked just like that during first two games at the Buffalo Bills and the Oakland Raiders, but they are coming off a win on Sunday against a Dolphins team that made the playoffs last year.
The Giants, on the other hand, are 0-3 and facing a must-win game at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. A Wild Card team a season ago, the Giants were expected to challenge for the NFC East and maybe the Super Bowl this year.
Instead, the Jets have a better shot at the postseason. That’s right the Jets.
In fact, the Jets have a better shot than a handful of teams.
Who saw that coming a couple of weeks ago?
FootballOutsiders.com, utilizing 50,000 simulations of the entire season, has the Giants making the playoffs in 4.4 percent of all simulations. They actually have a better chance of getting the top pick in next spring’s NFL Draft (7.2 percent) than making the postseason or getting a first-round bye in the playoffs (two percent).
The Jets, on the flip side, are suddenly buoyant. They now have a 6.5 percent chance of making the playoffs. Not only that, the Jets hold a 3.5 percent chance to win the AFC East.
The worst playoff odds in the league remain the Cleveland Browns, who have a 1.1 percent chance to get into the postseason. Sounds a bit high.