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Wilkerson backs Cro's playoff guarantee; says Jets will “rattle” Wilson

Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson during training camp.

Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson during training camp. (July 29, 2012) Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

Well that didn't take long.

Antonio Cromartie's playoff guarantee may have caught people by surprise on Thursday. But his head coach and teammates have followed his lead.

Though Rex Ryan has been careful not to assure anything, his players have had no problems predicting a postseason berth.

"Yes, we will be playing postseason football this year," Muhammad Wilkerson said Friday on WFAN's "Boomer and Carton in the morning" radio show. "I can back up Antonio Cromartie's comment."

The Jets are realistic -- they know it'll be an uphill climb the rest of the way. But it's not an impossible feat. And that, at the very least, is reason enough to be confident.

"At the end of the day it's simple: you've just gotta believe," the second-year defensive end said. "We all believe in each other. We know people get on us in the media and whatnot, but we really just gotta believe in ourselves, and just pray and hope that all the Jets fans just back us up and just believe in us."

But Wilkerson didn't stop there.

Thanks to their often dormant pass rush, the Jets have 12 sacks over the first eight games of the season -- good for 29th in the NFL. Nevertheless, the young lineman said the Jets will be able to get into the head of Seattle's rookie quarterback Russell Wilson.

"We're going to get this guy rattled," Wilkerson said of Wilson, whose 120.2 home-field passer rating is tops among all NFL quarterbacks.

"We know they're 4-0 at home, but we're not worried about what's going on over there in Seattle. We can only worry about what the Jets do. ...We're going to go in there and pretty much set the tone." 

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