Obviously, bubble teams like Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Atlanta and the NY Giants would be a safer bet for making the playoffs, but I'm going to make a case for the long-shot New York Jets.
Although it seems very unlikely, the Jets still has a decent shot at making the playoffs. Despite a very rough season so far, which included season-altering injuries (Kris Jenkins, Leon Washington), key players being benched (Kerry Rhodes), a rookie quarterback and coach (Mark Sanchez & Rex Ryan), and losing four games on the last possession -- in two weeks the Jets can very easily be sitting at 7-6 and in the thick of the playoff race.
The Jets' next two games are on the road, but the scheduling gods have blessed them with the Buffalo Bills in Toronto, and the 1-10 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Yes, Buffalo has been frisky as of late with new coach Perry Fewell, but the Jets are looking to avenge their heartbreaking overtime loss to Buffalo (which included five picks from Sanchez) from week 6. Tampa has also been much better with rookie Josh Freeman, but if the Jets can take care of business, they can be sitting at 7-6 with a key match-up at home against the Atlanta Falcons.
With major playoff implications, perhaps the Jets will get it all together and become a team to be reckoned with. Perhaps regressing to the same team that started 3-0?
The Jets last two games are at Indianapolis and then home against Cincinnati. Yes, those teams are a combined 19-3, but maybe by then, both teams will have everything clinched and will rest their starters? Maybe Cincinnati will be 10-5 or 9-6 going into that game, opening the door for the Jets?
Remember, the Jets beat fellow bubble teams Tennessee and Houston, but lost to Miami (twice) and Jacksonville. Also, teams like Denver, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh have shown they aren't necessarily invincible as of late. 10-6 isn't out of reach, but if the Jets do finish 9-7, that loss can only be to a NFC team, because of tie-breaker scenarios.
So my message to the Jets would be to take care of business in these next two weeks, and maybe you will be able to trade in your bubble status for Cinderella slippers