Yesterday's 24-22 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars was heart-wrenching, soul-crushing Jets' football at it's best. It's difficult to fathom the collapse of the 2009 season with yesterday's defeat still lingering like the effects of a concussion on Monday morning.
Instead of standing at 5-4 with a chance to play for the division lead this weekend, the New York Jets are 4-5 and fans are wondering how a promising season morphed into head-shaking disappointment.
Four of the Jets losses this season have come by a combined fourteen points—that's 3.5 points per game. Two of those games were decided on the final kick, the other two on the final drives.
As a Jets fan, it hurts and makes you wonder what could have been, but the sobering conclusion that they still lost forces everything except frustration from your mind. In an attempt to ease your dismay and my own, there are some goals that the Jets can shoot for that will make the rest of the season a success, well for me anyway.
1. First and foremost, beat the Patriots this Sunday. If there is anything that can salvage this season, it's the promise of future division titles and defeating the Pats does that. Not to mention, it will be three straight against our division rivals, a season sweep and it's worth a smile on the face of every Jet fan.
2. If they can pull off a victory in Foxboro, it's essential that the Jets beat Buffalo and pull their division record to a respectable 3-3. That way, at the very least, we have a .500 record somewhere.
3. This next one is pretty straight forward, finish the season with a winning record. The last time the Jets had back-to-back seasons with a winning record was 2001 and 2002. It will be tough to eke out five more wins this season, but 9-7 is still possible, right?
4. I absolutely have to see Gholston get a sack this season, if he doesn't, than we're looking at the biggest bust in Jets history. Can anyone argue that he's not, when guys like Lam Jones and Blair Thomas actually showed up on the stat sheet?
5. They need to go out and find a way to win a game instead of inventing ways to lose them. The Jets haven't proven they can win a close one yet this season and it makes me wonder if they have the right mental makeup.
6. If for nothing else except peace of mind, I want to see Sanchez get 20 touchdown passes and have less than 20 interceptions. If he can get his passer rating above 75 than that's the icing on the cake.
All and all, I have to find some bright spots, because I'm tired of begging, pleading, and hoping for a win every week. I'm tired of being starved for victories and looking for anyone to pull me out of this abysmal place of football hell called Jets fandom.
I'm sure most of you will still call this season an epic failure, but I'm ready to start the season over and watch as though this Sunday is Week One. The 2010 season is too far away and it's the only way I can continue to root for the Jets this year without ruining my weekends with frustration.