Jets' Cromartie guarantees playoff berth

11/08/2012 1:41 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
The New York Jets are famous for Joe Namath’s Super Bowl III guarantee. On Thursday morning, a current member of Gang Green made one of his own that if true, would give the Jets a chance to play their way into Super Bowl XLVII.

"The Jets will make the playoffs this year,” cornerback Antonio Cromartie said during an appearance on NFL Network’s “NFL AM” Thursday morning. “We believe in each other, we believe in what coach (Rex) Ryan and his staff is putting us to schemes and stuff, so we definitely are going to make the playoffs this year.”

Coming off their bye week, the Jets are 3-5 as they head to Seattle for Sunday’s showdown with the Seahawks, but Ryan backed up his cornerback’s statement during Thursday’s press conference.

"I feel as an entire football team that we should all feel like that and I think we do feel like that," Ryan said. "Nobody wants to hear it, but who cares? That's really how we feel. That's our mentality, whether you like it or not. I would think Jets fans and the Jets community, they would want us to feel that way and we do."

The Jets likely need to win at least six of their final eight to earn a playoff berth, but the schedule is a promising one; after Sunday’s game with the 5-4 Seahawks, the Jets' final seven games have them playing six teams at or below .500 – the Rams, Cardinals, Jaguars, Titans, Chargers and Bills – as well as heated rival New England.

"We're not happy with where we are with that 3-5 record," Ryan said. "We know it's tough to get into the playoffs, especially when you back yourself up with that 3-5 record. But, again, we're going to keep swinging until they tell us that we're out. All of us, in my opinion, believe that we can make it."

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