December 18, 2012

NFL Roundup: Titans end Jets' playoff hopes

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Mark Sanchez, Kamerion Wimbley
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Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez scrambles away from Titans defensive end Kamerion Wimbley during Monday’s game in Nashville, Tenn. Sanchez committed five turnovers, and the Jets were eliminated from playoff contention with a 14-10 loss.

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The work is paying off, and if they bothered to look at those standings Monday, they would've liked what they saw.

After their runaway win over Baltimore and New England's loss to San Francisco, the Broncos are the No. 2 seed in the AFC and only need victories at home over Cleveland and Kansas City to wrap up a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Eight of the 10 AFC teams to make the Super Bowl under the current playoff format have had a first-round bye.

"I always thought if we kept getting better, there was no way we couldn't be one of the top teams," Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey said. "It was just a matter of keeping your nose down, not worrying about your record, keep working and everything will take care of itself."

During their nine-game winning streak -- the longest since they won the first 13 games of the 1998 Super Bowl season -- the Broncos (11-3) have steadily improved.

"Our goal is to try to get better every week," said Manning. "I feel like we probably have in some areas. You're still looking to play that perfect 60-minute game, and that's your goal every week."

EAGLES: Back from a concussion that forced him to miss five games, Michael Vick is finishing the season on the sideline. He may not even be active Sunday against Washington.

"I'm a competitor and I've always felt like and will continue to feel like I'm one of the best and I can play at a high level and I know I can," Vick said Monday. "Saying that, I feel like I want to be out there, I want to play as a competitor, but it's just not the ideal situation right now, the way things are. So, I have to accept my role, accept it like a man and continue to find positives out of it."

Coach Andy Reid already named rookie Nick Foles the starter for the rest of the season a few weeks ago. The Eagles have been out of playoff contention for a while, so Reid decided to look toward a future that may not include him.

But Reid isn't the only one likely to go. Vick may have played his last game for the Eagles, too. Vick is due to make nearly $16 million in 2013, far too much for a backup. Only $3 million is guaranteed, however, and the Eagles won't have to pay that if Vick is cut by Feb. 3.

 

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