But should we really be surprised? The computer had the Jets in the top-10 since week 14 and had them #6 coming in to this game less than 0.4 ratings points behind the Chargers. This made them a clear pick plus the points and they pulled off the minor upset.
The result is that they move to #2 behind the Saints who continue to hold a pretty clear margin at #1. Very close behind the Jets are the other combatants in next weeks games plus Dallas is still at #4 on the strength of their December finish and big wins over Philly. Even though the Colts are #5, we know this is due to not playing starters the last 2 games and thus probably isn't representative of where they should really be rated. Even so #2 thru #5 are less than 0.17 ratings points apart so not much between them.
The computer has done fairly well picking games in the playoffs going 5-3 against the spread and 5-3 picking winners. See the 2010 NFL Playoffs Previews for more details on the picks and performance.
|1||New Orleans||88.060||14-3||80.612||+0, +0.599|
|2||NY Jets||86.047||11-7||82.209||+4, +0.611|
|6||New England||85.634||10-7||82.286||-1, +0.141|
|7||San Diego||84.996||13-4||79.828||-4, -0.793|
|9||Green Bay||84.731||11-6||79.315||-1, -0.091|
|17||San Francisco||81.264||8-8||79.130||+0, +0.066|
|21||NY Giants||80.261||8-8||81.938||-2, -0.217|
|24||Tampa Bay||77.725||3-13||83.416||+0, +0.075|
|28||Kansas City||75.559||4-12||80.572||+0, -0.301|
|31||St Louis||70.213||1-15||80.327||+0, +0.122|