New York Jets: Late Season Slump Will Cost Them a Playoff Spot

Timothy KesslerAnalyst IJanuary 16, 2017

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Rex Ryan better get on the ball and use all that talk to motivate his team before its too late.

I predicted the Jets would lose four games starting with New England and ending with Chicago.

Well, they are half way there and it is looking more and more possible—considering they play the Steelers next week followed by a tough Chicago team.

Yeah, Chicago got creamed by New England, but who hasn't?

The Steelers and Chicago both have a lot to play for, including division crowns and first round byes. So both of those games will be tough wins against two great defenses.

The Jets have been very inconsistent with an anemic offense and it just seemed like a matter of time until all their close victories would start to go the other way. Turns out that time has come.

After being embarrassed by the Patriots, they followed that up with another division loss to the Miami Dolphins. Showing absolutely no offense what so ever in either game.

It would seem highly unlikely to start the season 9-2, yet end the season missing out on the playoffs, but it is very possible...and becoming more and more probable. 

If they lose the four games as I suggested, they will finish 10-6, along with at least one, if not two other AFC South and West runner-up teams. That will leave New York hoping they win out on a tie-break for the final seed.

If they fall even harder and lose their final game against Buffalo, who will be looking to play spoiler, they have no chance to make the postseason.

They will complete one of the biggest downfalls in NFL history to end a season. Going from a Super Bowl favorite having a 9-2 record and playing for home field throughout, to mediocrity and missing the playoffs all together. Wow.

They have not scored a touchdown since Thanksgiving!...Enough said.

After being handed a gift wrapped playoff spot last season, maybe they feel its only right to return the favor to another team this season.

Anything is possible in the NFL. For New York's sake, they better set things straight now, before it all slips away.