Ryan still hoping to play Ravens

CINCINNATI -- Former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator and current New York Jets coach Rex Ryan once said he'd love to face his former team in the playoffs.

Ryan didn't get his wish, as the Jets (9-7) drew another AFC North team -- the Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) -- in the wild-card round. The teams will play each other for the second time in six days on Saturday.

But that hasn't stopped Ryan from holding out hope. Ryan said he's pulling this year for a Ravens-Jets AFC Championship Game.

"There are a lot of guys on that team that I think the world of, and a organization that I’ve been proud to be a part of for 10 years," Ryan said in a conference call Tuesday. "The ideal situation would be that you meet [the Ravens] in the AFC Championship, then you beat them, and you go on."

The odds are stacked against Baltimore (9-7) and New York. Both are wild cards and the two lowest seeds in the AFC, which would require each team to win two road playoff games.

Baltimore will begin its postseason Sunday on the road against the New England Patriots (10-6).