For the second year in a row, the New York Jets have choked away an opportunity to beat out the Cincinnati Bengals for a playoff spot. The Bengals now have a golden oppurtunity to make the postseason for the first time in back-to-back seasons for the first time in three decades. They clinch their second straight playoff berth with a win over the Steelers this Sunday, which will hbe a tough task to accomplish, but with the Jets’ loss tonight, they could lose and still win in Week 17 against the Baltimore Ravens, and coupled with a Steelers loss to the Cleveland Browns in Week 17, the Bengals would clinch a playoff spot.
If the Jets had won tonight, then win their next two games against the San Diego Chargers (5-9) and Buffalo Bills (5-9), then the Bengals would have needed to win-out against the Steelers and Baltimore Ravens (9-5), which would be a tall task considering they’ve lost six-straight against those two opponents.
They won’t have to now though, as the Jets loss means a win in Week 6 means the Bengals are in the postseason.
It’s also worth pointing out that Jets QB Mark Sanchez had one TD pass and five turnovers vs. the Titans, and now has 68 TD passes to 87 turnovers in 61 reg-season games dating back to 2009. Thanks Mark!