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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
'Every game is a playoff game'

By Rich Cimini

Rex Ryan is taking the Jim Mora approach: "Playoffs?!" In other words, he has other things on his mind, like trying to win back-to-back games for the first time.

His players, though, have adopted a single-elimination mentality, continuing Sunday at the Carolina Panthers (9-4).

"Every game is a playoff game as of now," rookie defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson said Monday, adding: "That's the only way we can look at it. If we lose, we're out. We don't want to be out."

The Jets (6-7) could be out by next Monday night. They will be mathematical toast if they lose to the Panthers and the Baltimore Ravens (7-6) beat the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football.

So what are the Jets' chances of snagging the second wild card? Slim.

While it's possible they could take it with an 8-8 record, they probably will have to win out to finish 9-7. After Carolina, the Jets face the Cleveland Browns (4-9) and Miami Dolphins (7-6). If they somehow manage to finish 9-7, the Jets can qualify if: