Where Patriots sit in AFC playoff picture after win over Jets

Where Patriots sit in AFC playoff picture after win over Jets

The Patriots scored what could have been a season-saving win over the New York Jets on Sunday.

The 22-17 win at MetLife Stadium improved New England’s record to 4-4. It was far from a perfect performance, especially on the offensive end, but it was a much-needed bounce back from last Monday’s blowout at the hands of the Chicago Bears in Foxboro.

The Patriots still reside in the unknown position of last in the AFC East, facing the 6-1 Buffalo Bills, 5-3 Jets and 5-3 Miami Dolphins. But now they’re just a half-game out of a postseason berth with more than half of the regular season still to play.

Here’s an updated look at the AFC standings. The teams inside daring would qualify for the playoffs if the season ended Sunday.

1. Buffalo Bills (6-1; AFC East leader)
2. Tennessee Titans (5-2; AFC South leader)
3. Kansas City Chiefs (5-3; AFC West leader)
4. Baltimore Ravens (5-3; AFC North leader)
5. New York Jets (5-3; first wild card)
6. Miami Dolphins (5-3; second wild card)
7. Los Angeles Chargers (4-3; third wild card)

8. Cincinnati Bengals (4-3)*
9. New England Patriots (4-4)
10. Indianapolis Colts (3-4-1)
11. Denver Broncos (3-5)
12. Las Vegas Raiders (2-5)
13. Cleveland Browns (2-5)*
14. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6)
15. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-6)
16. Houston Texans (1-6-1)

* teams play on Monday night

Then for the patriots it’s another winnable game at home against the Colts, who replaced veteran quarterback Matt Ryan with unproven second-year pro Sam Ehlinger last week. Indianapolis lost to the Washington Commanders 17-16 in Ehlinger’s first start, blowing a nine-point lead in the final five minutes at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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