Why Jets, Rams can make playoffs

Both New York and St. Louis have strong defenses and ability to win out

Originally Published: December 13, 2012
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider

This year has been the season of the improbable in the NFL. From Peyton Manning overcoming multiple surgeries and the ravages of age to lead his team to Super Bowl contention to Adrian Peterson posting fantastic numbers after coming back from a devastating knee injury to Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck leading a rookie quarterback class that could become the best in NFL history, the 2012 campaign has been one of unexpected occurrences.

But the last three weeks of this season could see two even more unlikely accomplishments than the aforementioned items.

What could be more implausible? Try the idea that the New York Jets and the St. Louis Rams have a very good chance of ending this season as playoff teams.