FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- With six weeks to play, half the AFC -- eight teams -- is battling for the second and final wild-card spot. Based simply on those numbers, the New York Jets' chances don't look good. But they have something in their favor -- a relatively easy schedule.
Some might argue that nothing is easy for the Jets. That's true, but here's a quick look at the eight contenders, teams that are 5-5 or 4-6. We list them based on the strength of their schedule, starting with the easiest:
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