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The Jets-Dolphins rivalry nearly always produces at least one classic game, regardless of whether both teams are good or just one of them. This time, both teams are reeling as the offseason champion Dolphins have seen the wheels come off due to injuries, scandals and misfortune. At the same time, the Jets have gone from a situation where the media were trying to bully them into extending the head coach and claiming their new safety was going to put them over the top just two games ago to one where everyone is writing them off. That's despite the fact they've been under .500 for just seven days all season and have two winnable home games coming up that could push them back into the playoff mix.

After the jump, I break down the positional groupings (BGA-style!) to try and highlight what the Jets need to look out for.

Quarterbacks

Ryan Tannehill has improved his completion percentage and quarterback rating over his rookie season, but you get the sense he hasn't quite developed to the point on which the Dolphins were counting. They opened up 3-0, but have since lost six of eight games.

In 2012, Tannehill only completed 58.3% of his passes, including a career-low 44% in the week three loss to the Jets. In 2013, he's been more consistent, with a percentage of over 60% in 8 of 11 games. The three games where he was below that were in consecutive weeks from week five to week seven.

Watch out for Tannehill taking off and doing some damage with his legs. He had 57 yards on eight carries over the past two games, having averaged under 10 yards per game in the first nine games.

Offensive Line

One major factor in Tannehill's struggles has been the fact he's been sacked or hit 74 times already. He was only sacked or hit 53 times all of last year and the percentage of pressures that have resulted in him getting nailed is much higher. It also hasn't helped that 19 of the 44 times he's been sacked have been in the fourth quarter, resulting in him having a much lower rating and completion percentage in that quarter than in any other.

The big storyline here has been the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito bullying scandal, which has robbed the Dolphins of two of their starters. Martin was struggling anyway, but Incognito's loss does hurt them (even though he is regarded as one of the league's dirtiest players and considered by many to be overrated). It sounds like Incognito is trying to leverage his way back from the suspended list and so he might be back in Miami's lineup by the time the teams face one another again at the end of the season.

Their offensive line will get a boost this week with the expected return of Mike Pouncey, arguably their best lineman. He's missed two games with a gall bladder infection, during which time former Jets draft pick Nate Garner had been starting at center. Garner will probably shift back to left guard, where he had started one game in relief of Incognito before having to slide over to center. Undrafted rookie Sam Brenner started two games at left guard, but is dealing with a knee injury.

The right side has been the only constant, with John Jerry starting every game at guard and Tyson Clabo doing likewise at tackle. Clabo, now 32, was signed in the offseason following an excellent 2012 season with the Falcons, but has been a massive disappointment, surrendering 10 sacks. Jerry is solid but unspectacular. The former third round pick started 10 games as a rookie in 2010, two in 2011 and every game last year.

Bryant McKinnie rounds out the unit. The Ravens dumped him when they traded for Eugene Monroe and Miami has been starting him at left tackle, where he's been struggling. He recently voided the final year of his contract which suggests that he's not exactly motivated to stick around. Incognito, Clabo and Jerry are all also out of contract at the end of the year, so that might be a situation where everyone just plays out the string because they can't wait to get out of there.

Running Backs

Lamar Miller, last year's 4th round pick, had a great game against the Bengals last month, rushing for 105 yards on 16 carries. However, since then, he's gained just 27 yards on 21 carries in three games. That's not exactly ideal preparation for facing the Jets' elite run defense.

With Daniel Thomas out due to injury, Marcus Thigpen might get more looks. He's more of a special package player and only has two carries so far this year, but his speed is dangerous in space. The Dolphins do not employ a fullback.

Receivers

One area where Tannehill does seem to have regressed is in terms of his deep accuracy. He was 9th in the league for deep passing accuracy per PFF in his rookie season, but has dropped to 25th this year, which is surprising considering the Dolphins added one of the top-rated deep threats in the league in Mike Wallace during the off-season. That added to a quality possession receiver in Brian Hartline and another solid offseason acquisition in slot receiver Brandon Gibson. Gibson is out for the year now though and the group is starting to look less threatening.

Wallace has 49 catches for 661 yards, while Hartline has surprisingly outproduced him (just) in each category. Wallace did rack up 127 yards and a touchdown against the Panthers last week and must be licking his chops at the opportunity to face a team that has struggled against the deep ball all year.

Rishard Matthews, a 7th round pick last year, has caught 28 passes without any drops. He had 11 catches against the Bucs two weeks ago.

At tight end, the Dolphins were counting on ex-Jet Dustin Keller, but he suffered a season-ending injury in preseason. However, the versatile Charles Clay has been a bright spot starting in his place. Clay has 46 catches, over 500 yards and four touchdowns. The backups, rookie Dion Sims and Michael Egnew are primarily used as blockers and have just eight catches between them.

Defensive Line

Just like the Jets, Miami's strength is in its defensive line. They play a 4-3 system, sometimes reverting to three man fronts on passing downs. Obviously Cameron Wake is a constant threat coming off the edge, one that Austin Howard had mixed fortunes against last year. Wake lines up on the left, so that will be the matchup. On the other side, Olivier Vernon - who scored a special teams touchdown against the Jets last year - has benefited from playing across from Wake, racking up 7.5 sacks which actually leads the team. Wake is just one behind him though and did miss some time earlier in the season.

The Dolphins defensive tackles are also very good. Veterans Randy Starks and Paul Soliai still start, but Jared Odrick has finally started to emerge as a pass rushing threat too.

Rookie Dion Jordan hasn't quite taken off yet, but has generated pressure at a decent rate in pass rushing situations.

Linebackers

Despite all the talent on the defensive line, the Dolphins still give up 4.2 yards per carry, which is the 11th most in the NFL and 1.3 yards more than the Jets. One reason is that their linebackers have been struggling.

Philip Wheeler and Dannell Ellerbe have both had a rough year against the run, with Wheeler missing 16 tackles and Ellebe missing nine. However, Wheeler is very productive as a pass rusher (3rd best pass rush productivity in the NFL for 4-3 OLBs per PFF) and Ellerbe is good in coverage (one interception, four passes defensed).

Koa Misi is the other starter, but he's not an every down linebacker.

Defensive Backs

Miami has some talent in the secondary too, with Brent Grimes an excellent number one cornerback and Nolan Carroll a reliable option to start opposite him. Dimitri Patterson, the former Brown, had been starting ahead of Carroll, but he's out with a groin injury. In nickel packages Jimmy Wilson comes in to play the slot.

Chris Clemons is the deep safety and is above average in that role, but he is listed as questionable with a knee injury. However, strong safety Reshad Jones is struggling in coverage this year. He's been targeted 34 times and given up 29 catches. That comes after he gave up just 19 catches in 39 targets last season. Wilson will likely revert to free safety if Clemons can't go.

Special Teams

Punter Brandon Fields has the best gross average in the NFL and Jets fans might remember his phenomenal performance against the Jets in Miami's 10-6 win over the Jets in 2010. Fields punted 10 times, often from deep inside his own territory, with a gross average of over 56 yards and a net average of just under 50. He has given up 363 return yards, though, which is the 4th most in the league. He benefits from an always-reliable long snapper, two-time pro bowler John Denney.

The kicker is less reliable. Rookie Caleb Sturgis has a big leg, but has missed six field goals this year (although three were from over 50 yards).

Their coverage units boast ex-Jets wedge buster Jason Trusnik, but their leading tackler is 7th round pick Don Jones, who is listed as a safety but has only played on special teams this year. As noted, Thigpen is a threat. He returns kicks and punts, although he's outside the top 10 in both categories.

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I'll be back tomorrow to recap the game.

Stats from PFF were used in the completion of this article.

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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws in the second half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws in the second half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)

After Jets quarterback Josh McCown suffered a broken left hand in Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Denver Broncos, second-string quarterback Bryce Petty said he feels "ready" to step up for New York's Week 15 matchup against the New Orleans Saints.

"I am going to give my heart and soul and prepare for this week for New Orleans," Petty said, according to NJ.com's Connor Hughes. "Whatever happens in the future, happens, but all I can do is worry about things I can control. Whether Josh plays, or whether he doesn't, I am going to go in there prepared and ready to lead this team."

Given McCown's injury is on his non-throwing hand, it is unclear if he will play during the team's final three games of the season. Head coach Todd Bowles said McCown will undergo further tests this week to evaluate his status for the rest of the season.

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Jets head coach Todd Bowles and quarterback Josh McCown talk about what went wrong for the Jets in their 23-loss to Denver.

Jets quarterback Josh McCown suffered a broken left hand in Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Denver Broncos, head coach Todd Bowles told reporters.

"It just sucks," an emotional McCown, who was brought to tears at the podium, said after the game.

McCown left the game late in the third quarter with the Jets trailing 20-0. He previously left the game in the first half after scrambling for a first down, but returned two plays later.

He walked off the field and underwent X-rays during the game. It is unclear if the injury will end McCown's season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. McCown will undergo further tests, Bowles said.

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Jets Post Game Overtime: 12/10 00:12:08
The Jets Post Game crew hands out its report cards after the Jets' defeat at the hands of the Denver Broncos, 23-0.

Bowles and McCown on 23-0 loss 00:02:13
Jets head coach Todd Bowles and quarterback Josh McCown talk about what went wrong for the Jets in their 23-loss to Denver.

The Jets recorded 100 yards of total offense and turned the ball over twice as they were shut out against Von Miller and the Denver Broncos, 23-0, Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Josh McCown threw an interception and lost a fumble before leaving the game late in the third quarter due to a left hand injury. Bryce Petty completed just two of nine passes for 14 yards in his absence.

Bilal Powell and Matt Forte combined for 48 rushing yards on 19 attempts, while Robby Anderson, who totaled 253 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the past two games, was limited to three catches for 27 yards.

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Jets safety Jamal Adams sits with Jeane Coakley to discuss his relationship with Marcus Maye and what it's like to play for Todd Bowles.

New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Buffalo Bills free safety Jordan Poyer during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Buffalo Bills free safety Jordan Poyer during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

RB Matt Forte, G Brian Winters, and WR Robby Anderson are all active for the Jets on Sunday in their road matchup against the Denver Broncos. 

Anderson was questionable after being limited in practice due to a hamstring injury, while Forte has been hampered by a knee injury. Winters has dealt with an abdomen issue.

QB Christian Hackenberg, CB Derrick Jones, CB Jeremy Clark, OLB Freddie Bishop, LB Bruce Carter, OLB Ben Ijalana, and OL Jonotthan Harrison are inactive for the Jets.

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SNY NFL insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a New York Jets victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his 3 keys to a Jets victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are back in the studio for another edition of The Jet Stream podcast, as they look back at an impressive victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. First, the guys welcome Connor Hughes of NJ.com to the show to discuss Todd Bowles' job security and the benching of Muhammad Wilkerson. Later, Jets safety Rontez Miles calls in to talk about Bowles and his two rookie teammates, Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye.

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) throws a pass against the Buffalo Bills during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) throws a pass against the Buffalo Bills during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

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THE GAME

The Jets (5-7) face the Denver Broncos (3-9) at Sports Authority field at Mile high in Denver, on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 4:05 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER:

December in Denver is always a little nicer than I think it's going to be. Temperatures on Sunday should be slightly over 60 with light winds and sunny skies.

WHAT IT MEANS

It means everything to the Jets. They are two games behind the Baltimore Ravens in the race for the last wild-card spot in the AFC with only four games to play, so they can't afford any slip-ups. They also have to hope for some help because just to get to the Ravens, they have to jump over the Chargers, Bills and Raiders, who are all one game ahead of the Jets. It's not going to be easy. It's probably impossible. But the Jets have no shot if they don't win all four of their remaining games.

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GEICO SportsNite: Bowles elated 00:00:28
Todd Bowles gives the reaction of the season after a short press conference, and Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys for a Jets win.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles was ecstatic about how short his post-practice press conference was on Friday. 

Bowles, who is usually reserved, couldn't hold in his happiness after the press didn't have any more questions for him.

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New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson catches a touchdown pass against Buffalo Bills corner back Tre'Davious White during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson catches a touchdown pass against Buffalo Bills corner back Tre'Davious White during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson will play in Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos despite being limited at practice on Thursday due to a hamstring injury, head coach Todd Bowles told reporters on Friday.

The Jets listed running back Matt Forte (knee) and offensive guard Brian Winters (abdomen, ankle) as questionable, while linebacker Bruce Carter was ruled out due to a groin injury.

 

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) talks to his line before the snap against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) talks to his line before the snap against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Jets (5-7) face the Denver Broncos (3-9) on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Here's what's going on today...

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GEICO SportsNite: McCown 00:03:38
The Football Night in New York crew discuss if Josh McCown will return to the Jets next season and debate Steve Spagnuolo's future.

The Football Night in New York crew discuss if Josh McCown will return to the Jets next season and debate Steve Spagnuolo's future.


New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) celebrates with wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) after Enunwa scored a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze)
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) celebrates with wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) after Enunwa scored a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze)

Jets WR Quincy Enunwa was named the Jets' nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, reports Sports Illustrated.

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(Steve Nesius/AP)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles is not undermining the reeling Broncos ahead of the team's trip to Denver this weekend for a Sunday afternoon matchup.

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Jets rookie safety Jamal Adams sits down with SNY's Jeane Coakley to discuss his rookie season and his style both on and off the field.

Jets rookie safety Jamal Adams sits down with SNY's Jeane Coakley to discuss his rookie season and his style both on and off the field.


Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) celebrates his touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) celebrates his touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) was a limited participant at practice on Thursday after missing on Wednesday. 

 

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 (Dennis Schneidler)
(Dennis Schneidler)

Instead of sulking over his suspension last week, Jets LB Darron Lee used his time to view the game from a new perspective. 

Lee was suspended by head coach Todd Bowles after Lee arrived late to the team's walk-through last Saturday. The second-year pro hadn't missed a practice before the punishment, but either way, he has learned from his first suspension of his career.

"Yeah, we won, man," Lee told NJ.com's Darryl Slater. "There ain't nothing to be down about. I mean, who cares? This ain't about me. It's about the team."

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Jets (5-7) face the Denver Broncos (3-9) on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Here's what's going on today:

Need to know

The Jets practice again today at Florham Park. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be attending practice this week. Follow @RVacchianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors…

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets 00:01:24
Jeane Coakley reports from Florham Park on the status of the Jets, who are treating every game left like it's a playoff game.

Dec 3, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs the ball against Kansas City Chiefs corner back Darrelle Revis (24) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 3, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs the ball against Kansas City Chiefs corner back Darrelle Revis (24) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Only three Jets were kept out of Wednesday's practice: RB Matt Forte (knee), LB Bruce Carter (groin) and S Terrence Brooks (excused absence).

Forte has not practice since injuring his knee on Nov. 2 against the Bills, although he's played in each of the Jets' last two games.

CB Juston Burris (concussion) and RG Brian Winters (abdomen, ankle) were limited participants.

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Oct 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks to media after the NFL owners meeting at Conrad Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Oct 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks to media after the NFL owners meeting at Conrad Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

Roger Goodell has signed a contract extension that will extend his role as NFL commissioner through 2024.

According to the Washington Post, Goodell could earn up to $40 million per year, with roughly 90 percent of that total incentive based.

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Dec 3, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) celebrates his touchdown during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports  (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 3, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) celebrates his touchdown during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Just days after leading the Jets to an impressive win which netted him AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors, Jets quarterback Josh McCown was officially named the starter for the rest of the season by coach Todd Bowles.

The 38-year-old completed 26-of-36 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns against the Chiefs on Sunday. He scored the go-ahead touchdown on a one-yard sneak with 2:15 left to help the Jets keep their playoff hopes alive with a 38-31 win at MetLife Stadium.

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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

After a three-touchdown performance in a comeback victory, Jets QB Josh McCown was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week. 

The Jets were down 14-0 early in the first quarter, but that didn't stop McCown from leading a comeback. Relying on his favorite targets through the air -- Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse -- McCown racked up 331 yards on 26 of 36 for a 72.2 completion percentage. 

Despite throwing for a touchdown, it was McCown using his legs to pick up his other two, including the game-winner. It was his second straight week with a QBR over 100 (109.8), but McCown was only focused on how the team bounced back from the deficit after the game. 

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Dec 3, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches warmups before game against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports  (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 3, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches warmups before game against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Jets (5-7) face the Denver Broncos (3-9) on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Here's what's going on today:

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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The Jets overcame a shaky start to break out of their slump with their finest offensive performance of the season so far against the Chiefs. A late touchdown by Josh McCown gave the Jets the lead and the defense held on to preserve a 38-31 shootout win.

Let's review the defensive performance from Sunday's win:

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Demario Davis, Jamal Adams, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Rontez Miles, Steve McLendon
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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles talks to reporters after an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Jets won 34-21. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (AP)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles talks to reporters after an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Jets won 34-21. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (AP)

The Jets are still mathematically alive for the two Wild Card spots in the AFC, though it would take a lot for them to get there.

With their win over the Chiefs on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, the Jets improved to 5-7 -- two games behind the 7-5 Ravens for the final Wild Card spot and three games behind the 8-4 Jaguars for the first Wild Card spot.

However, between the Jets and the Ravens are the Chargers, Bills, and Raiders, who are all 6-6.

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New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse catches a pass during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse catches a pass during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets (5-7) face the Denver Broncos (3-9) on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Here's what's going on Tuesday:

Need to know

The Jets return to practice on Tuesday after head coach Todd Bowles gave the team the day off following "Victory Monday" in celebration of Sunday's 38-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be attending practice this week. Follow @RVacchianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors.

 

Tags: Calvin Pryor, Demario Davis, Denver Broncos, Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, Sheldon Richardson
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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)

A day after he benched Muhammad Wilkerson for most of the first quarter because he showed up late to a team meeting, Jets head coach Todd Bowles said he still considers the 28-year-old defensive end a team leader.

Wilkerson sat for most of the first quarter for arriving to a team meeting late on Saturday, the third straight year he has been benched for being late to a team meeting in his career.

But Bowles said Wilkerson and linebacker Darron Lee, who was a healthy scratch from Sunday's 38-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs for showing up late to practice, have "earned a lot of trust.

"You make a mistake, and you lose a little trust, and you just have to earn it back," Bowles said at a press conference on Monday. "So going forward, we'll go from there."

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches warmups before game against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches warmups before game against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Todd Bowles is a man of few words in public, never one to be the life of the party or a quotable media darling.

The New York Jets coach has won over his players for that very reason. It's the stuff that no one else sees that has his squad professing loyalty to the man leading the way.

"As a man, as a player, I love him," left tackle Kelvin Beachum said. "I'd run through a wall for him. I've only been here a year and I love everything about him.

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