Sunday 22 October 2017 / 03:03 AM

Airing it Out: Week 13- Hawks won 5 of 6

How badly must Jets fans wish they could hit the reset button on this season? It’s truly a shit-show in New York and I can’t help but think Rex has got to go, if for no reason other than the front office needing a scapegoat.

After dominating the Dolphins in rushing yards, 277-74, and leading the game for nearly their entire Monday Night Football match-up, the Jets simply couldn’t close the deal. The three-point loss, 16-13, dropped New York to (2-10) on the season and validated the Jets fans who were reportedly pawning off game tickets for as low as 10 bucks.

Ten bucks for a prime time game in New York City – THAT’S how bad the Jets are in 2014.

But for every loser there’s a winner and the Fins kept their thin playoff hopes alive – what’s more, with the Patriots losing to the Packers there is still a legitimate possibility that Miami could win the AFC East.

Remember when Miami upset New England at home in week 1? Well, should they pull off the sweep in two weeks’ time in Foxboro, the Dolphins would hold the tie-breaker and could take the division if they win out and the Pats lose to the Chargers, Jets or Bills.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here, though – (7-5) teams rarely win out.

Team on the Rise

Not long ago the Arizona Cardinals appeared to have run away with the NFC West title, with the Hawks and Niners safely in the rear, hoping to clean up the sloppy seconds.

But in the NFL the tides can shift ever so quickly.

In two short weeks the Seattle Seahawks have gone from Wild Card hopeful to being able to control their own destiny in the West. They’ve quietly won five of their last six games and have regained their position as the #1 defense in the league, allowing just 285.8 yards per game.

To pull out the title the Hawks will still need to beat the Cardinals in Arizona but the Cards just haven’t been the same since Carson Palmer went down with his season ending injury.

Apart from their rematch versus Seattle, Arizona faces a tough Chiefs team at home and will travel to St. Louis and San Francisco.

Beware the prospect of a complete implosion in the desert.

Team on the Decline

When Kansas City beat Seattle 24-20 on November 16th they were in prime position to take a real run at the stumbling Broncos.

Instead they handed the worst team in the league (Raiders) an easy win on Thursday night football and doubled-down with a poor performance last weekend at home against Denver.

The quickly fell behind 14-0 and were never able to recover.

The Chiefs have dropped down to third place in the AFC West and now find themselves in a heap of (7-5) teams hoping to grab the sixth and final playoff seed.

Playoff Picture

When you’re young, single and looking to pull, there’s nothing worse than hitting the pub with your mates to find a hundred other dudes circling like wolves around a half dozen or so members of the fairer sex.

With only so much love to go around, somebody gets stuck playing shuffleboard with the nutty old alcoholic bloke in the back that’s got a noodle stuck in his cigarette-stained beard.

This image is precisely what it looks like in the AFC Playoff race.

Check it out, there are quite a few very good football teams that will be leaving the bar with their left hand:

It may be cliché to say that it is anybody’s race but when the Chargers face four clubs with winning records to close out the season (New England, Denver, SF, KC) and the Texans have got the Jaguars twice along with the inconsistent Colts and Ravens, any of the teams featured in this infographic could be playing football in January.

In the NFC, things aren’t quite so muddled, with Dallas and San Francisco being the only two teams who are currently on the outside looking in but have a legitimate shot at sliding in.

No division leader in the conference is up by more than one game and in each case the number two team gets another crack at making that game up in one fell swoop.

Week 15: Cowboys at Eagles

Week 16: Seahawks at Cardinals, Falcons at Saints

Week 17: Lions at Packers

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