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Can Jets still make the playoffs after Week 16 loss?

We go over Jets chances to make the postseason going into their Week 16 game against the Jaguars.

C.J. Uzomah #87 of the New York Jets celebrates a touchdown by Zach Wilson #2 during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium on December 18, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Results update: The Chargers beat the Colts on wild card to grab a wild card spot, which takes a spot out of contention. The Jets are in a fight with the Patriots, Jets, Titans/Jaguars, Steelers and Raiders for those last two wild card spots.

Results update: The Dolphins lost in awful fashion on Sunday vs. the Packers and that makes things interesting. Miami losing drops them to 8-7 on the season with two games left. The Dolphins face the Patriots with a game on them. At 7-8, the Jets can control their own destiny with a defacto playoff game against the Dolphins in Week 18.

Results update: The Jets lost in ugly fashion, 19-3, to the Jaguars on Thursday night. The loss takes them to 7-8 and they are now closing in on playoff elimination. They are now in 10th place in the AFC, and can be eliminated this weekend, with wins from the Dolphins, Patriots, Chargers and either a Ravens loss or tie or a Browns loss or tie. They can probably dodge enough land mines there to stay alive, but they are going to need to win out and get some help.


The New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars face off on Thursday Night Football to open Week 16. The Jets host the game at MetLife Stadium with kickoff set for 8:15 p.m. ET. The Jets are a 1.5-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook and this is a must-win game for both teams if they want to claim one of the remaining playoff spots.

Jets playoff chances

Record: 7-7
Odds to make playoffs: Yes +400, No -550
Remaining opponents: Week 16 vs. Jaguars, Week 17 @ Seahawks, Week 18 @ Dolphins

The Jets can no longer win the AFC East title, but the wild card remains a possibility. However, there are some hurdles in front of them. The Jets are tied with the Patriots in the standings, but New England has the tiebreaker edge thanks to their head-to-head sweep. The Jets currently have an edge on Miami if they finish in a tie, but they still have to face off one more time in Week 18.

This could prove to be a game the Jets can lose and still make the playoffs, but two elimination scenarios exist heading into the game. If the Jets lose, they can be eliminated from playoff contention if the Chargers beat the Broncos, the Dolphins beat the Packers, the Patriots beat the Bengals, and either the Ravens beat or tie the Falcons or the Browns beat or tie the Saints. It’s a lot of requirements, but all are very possible.

Current playoff standings

Wild card

5. Ravens, 9-5
6. Chargers, 8-6
7. Dolphins, 8-6

8. Patriots, 7-7
9. Jets, 7-7
10. Jaguars, 6-8
11. Raiders, 6-8
12. Browns, 6-8
13. Steelers, 6-8