The four-game winning streak for the Jets is over and against the Patriots on Monday night, they looked as bad as possible on all ends of the football. Their offense was horrible and their defense couldn't have been worse, giving up 45 points to Tom Brady and company.
After leading the AFC East for some time and having the top seed in the conference, the Jets dropped to second in the division and fifth in the AFC.
They'll try to right the ship against the Dolphins, whom they beat in Week 3 in Miami. The Dolphins, though, aren't a good home team with a 1-5 record but are a fantastic 5-1 on the road and will be a threat on Sunday.
The Jets have a three-game lead over the Dolphins, Colts, Raiders and Chargers—all 6-6—for the final playoff spot in the AFC.
Unless a 2008-type collapse occurs, the Jets will make the playoffs, but they must get back on the winning track with one-quarter of the season remaining.
As the Jets aim for their 10th win and the Dolphins try to play spoiler, here are five keys to a Jets victory.