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Rex Ryan's up-and-down Jets look for consistency as they aim for playoffs

  • New York Jets' Antonio Cromartie (31) celebrates after an interception during the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J.  (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    New York Jets' Antonio Cromartie (31) celebrates after an interception during the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) reacts after rushing for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J.  (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) reacts after rushing for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Jets kicker Nick Folk (2) kicks a field goal during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J.  (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    New York Jets kicker Nick Folk (2) kicks a field goal during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)  (The Associated Press)

Here's a stunner: The New York Jets would be in the playoffs if the regular season ended today.

As unlikely as that seemed a few months ago, or even just a few days ago, Rex Ryan's bunch has made a statement as it heads into the bye-week break that the Jets don't plan on going away anytime soon.

In the up-and-down world that is the Jets' season, opinions continue to fluctuate on whether this team could be a serious playoff contender. But after a surprising 26-20 win over New Orleans on Sunday, the question might be: Why not?

Many fans and media picked the Jets to win between three and five games back in July. Well, they're 5-4 and currently hold the No. 6 spot in the AFC playoff picture.

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