Interesting tidbit. If the Broncos lose to the Eagles (likely) and the Ravens lose to the Steelers (possible), I believe I read that the Jets (if they beat the Colts) will control their own playoff fate. I would expect Jacksonville to lose to New England and Pittsburgh OR Miami is forced to lose one of their final 2 (they play each other in the last week of the year). I believe the Jets own the tie breaker over the Titans because the Jets have decided to lose half of their out of conference games while the Titans decided to just lose to the AFC.
All of that out of the way, it would behoove the Jets to beat the Colts. The Colts have nothing but some romantic sort of history to MAYBE play for, because 14-0, 15-0 and 16-0 don't promise a ring. So how can the less talented Jets beat the really good Colts? What if Rex Ryan wakes up and realizes, 'hey, they don't want Peyton and Addai and all these guys hurt. Lets blitz 11 on every play, hit him late, maybe a couple of dirty hits, make the coaches poop their pants'. Won't Caldwell be forced to pull the starters? Isn't it worth it to the Jets to take a few 15 yarders in the first quarter to face the immortal Curtis Painter/Mike Hart combination?
What do you think, will the J E T S JETS JETS JETS play it straight, or will they try to make the coach sit the franchise so the Sanchize can get a W?
Also, unrelated, but I fully expect the Patriots to beat the Jaguars and then tank in their week 17 game (forget who they play). Winning this week clinches the division for them, and losing in week 17 all but assures that they will play the Colts in round 2 (assuming they win their first play off game), which Im guessing they think is a better matchup than the Chargers.