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Jets hold playoff spot after 10 weeks, but have lots of work to do to keep it

The New York Jets returned to work fresh off their bye-week break, still holding a playoff spot in the AFC and knowing they have a lot of work to do to stay there.

At 5-4, Rex Ryan's Jets have been one of the NFL's biggest first-half surprises, shaking off outside projections for a dismal season. They have alternated wins and losses, tying an NFL record through nine games, and are looking for their first winning streak.

Ryan, however, insists Monday that "nobody is thinking, 'Hey, let's run seven in a row off,'" and his team is not focused on anything other than beating the Bills at Buffalo on Sunday.

Ryan says he sensed lots of enthusiasm around the building, something he hadn't seen in previous seasons following the bye.

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