The New York Jets didn't have much of a chance of making the playoffs when they were 3-5; in fact, in the words of head coach Rex Ryan, they weren't even "sniffing" the playoffs.
Now, at 3-6, following a harrowing 28-7 loss to the Seahawks?
"It's about a two percent chance of making the playoffs with the record we have," Ryan said. "I don't know how many more losses you can spot somebody before you (still) think you can make the playoffs."
So you're tellin' me there's a chance...
A week ago, we looked into the playoff history of 3-5 teams to find that only seven out of a possible 247 teams (slightly better than 2.8 percent) that have started 3-5 or worse have made the playoffs.
It would follow that the odds would be lower at 3-6, and while we won't split hairs over the exact number, it's fair to say that the Jets are closer to a top 10 pick in the draft than they are to playoff contention.
Here's some more news and analysis from around the AFC East.
New England Patriots
Mike Rodak of ESPN Boston hands out grades for New England's 37-31 win over the Bills.
Tom E. Curran of CSNNE.com says the Patriots should be more concerned about the yardage they gave up on the ground than anything else from Sunday's win.
New York Jets
Kimberley A. Martin of Newsday hands out grades for the Jets' 28-7 loss to the Seahawks.
Rich Cimini of ESPN New York says the Jets are done.
Howard Simon of WGR 550 Sportsradio says the Bills' defense let them down yet again.
Tim Graham of The Buffalo News points to the big days from Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller as the keys to the near-victory.
Greg Stoda of The Palm Beach Post says Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is the only show in town for the 4-5 Dolphins.
Greg Cote of The Miami Herald wonders whether the Dolphins are still a contender.
Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand.
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