Dreaming the almost impossible dream

December, 28, 2011
12/28/11
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After two crushing losses, the Jets have to re-boot and focus on the Dolphins. After all, they still have a shot at the playoffs, albeit a slim chance.

TE Dustin Keller admitted Wednesday there still were some lingering feelings from last Saturday's loss to the Giants, but he said the overall attitude around the locker room was upbeat.

"Surprisingly, it's been pretty good," he said.

Rex Ryan echoed that sentiment, claiming, "Obviously, you'd like it to be in a different cirumstance, but it's a lot easier when you have a chance at the playoffs to motivate your guys. It's sitting right there in front of you, so that's not an issue."

To make the playoffs, the Jets must beat the Dolphins and they losses by the Titans, Bengals and Broncos or Raiders. That's roughly a 10 percent chance, according to various web sites that specialize in football probability.

"Hopefully, we get a win and, once we land on the plane, we find out everything worked out in favor," QB Mark Sanchez said. "But all we can control is winning."

HEALTH CHECK: The Jets are relatively healthy for the game. The only player not expected to play is backup LB Garrett McIntyre (knee). That probably explains why they promoted LB Ricky Sapp from the practice squad.

PRO BOWL SNUBS: Ryan felt that LB David Harris deserved a Pro Bowl selection. He ended up as a second alternate at inside linebacker.

"We're going to get him to the Pro Bowl next year," Ryan said. "All he has to do is play exactly how he played this year, but take a dance class this summer, do something, because I can't believe our opponents ... didn't vote for him to be in the Pro Bowl."

Ryan also felt RG Brandon Moore and KR Joe McKnight were deserving. Ryan quoted ProFootballFocus.com, which reported that Moore is the only guard in the league that hasn't allowed a sack or a QB knockdown.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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