After backing up their talk and starting out on a great note through 3 games beating the Texans, Patriots and Titans, the New York Jets proceeded to lose six of their next seven games. In those six losses, Mark Sanchez often looked lost while being constantly under pressure, resulting in telegraphed interceptions, and he has the fourth most INTs thrown in the NFL, a far cry of the guy who looked really good in his first three career starts.
Now since then, they have gone back to the basics by running the ball, and stopping the opponents offense, beating the Panthers and Bills in that fashion. And thanks to the Dolphins win over the struggling Patriots, the AFC East is up for grabs.
New England still leads the AFC East, but have lost three out of their last four games, and the pressure is on them to right the ship before it and their season capsizes like the Titanic.
If the Jets wish to play in the playoffs instead of watching it on television, they need to win out. their remaining schedule is pathetic Tampa Bay, then Atlanta with Chris Redman or a banged up Matt Ryan starting, then the undefeated Colts and the surprising Bengals, with the latter two likely resting up for the playoffs as they clinch their division and first round byes so all games are winnable.
Also, run, run, run the ball! It has worked for the Jets all season, Thomas Jones has eclipsed 1000 yards rushing yet again, and even the loss of Leon Washington to injury couldn't slow down the rushing success as rookie Shonn Greene has been pounding the rock well!
Defense needs to keep being dominant, and for god's sake, Mark Sanchez not only needs to protect the football, but himself too! Joe Girardi gave him advice how to slide, and he's ignored it, and he has us Jets fans worried sick and if we lose him, does anyone trust Kellen Clemens as a serviceable backup? I sure don't!
And like I said three paragraphs ago, we better win out, because those losses to the Dolphins, Jaguars, and Bills are going to haunt them viciously if they don't. GO JETS!