Rex Ryan is making no guarantees.
No wild predictions or brash declarations these days. But the Jets coach still believes his team has a shot at the playoffs.
That's despite the fact New York is 4-7, coming off an embarrassing loss to New England, and hasn't won two straight games all season.
Hardly the resume of a team with its sights set on playing past Week 17.
Ryan has hope, though, and it comes from the fact the Jets have five games left, all against opponents with records below .500. So, the message, even if it appears unrealistic to most, from Ryan to his players is simple: Run the table and see what happens.
''Heck yeah,'' Ryan said Monday. ''That's your goal. Absolutely, that's what you're trying to do. Our goal was to beat New England also, but that never worked out.''
That's for sure. The Patriots thrashed the Jets 49-19 on Thanksgiving night on national television, scoring 35 points in the second quarter, including three touchdowns in a 52-second span.