After Sunday's loss to the Miami Dolphins, tight end Kellen Winslow basically said the New York Jets are out of playoff contention. On Monday night, he took it a step further, tweeting his predictions for the AFC and NFC championships.
In a Twitter reply to free-agent wide receiver Donte Stallworth, Winslow said, "I got the pats vs broncos in AFC championship game and Panthers vs Seahawks in NFC championship," as first noted by Newsday.
The Jets (5-7) don't have the look of a playoff team, having lost three straight, but they're still mathematically alive. In fact, they're only one game behind the Baltimore Ravens (6-6) and Miami Dolphins (6-6) for the final wild-card spot, although both teams currently hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over them.
So, yes, it looks bleak, but it ain't over until it's over. Winslow's tweet likely won't sit well with his teammates or Rex Ryan, who is fighting for his job. Winslow has since deleted the tweet, but it remains on Stallworth's timeline.
On Sunday, Winslow said the Jets are all but eliminated.
"We've lost three straight, so, obviously [that's] not good," he said. "But we'll go down swinging. We have to go to work. This is our job. It's not like the season is over. It might be record-wise, but it's still football. We still love it."