Jets' Panic Time? Breaking Down if NY Fans Should Worry About Playoff Hopes

Cole TesslerCorrespondent IDecember 14, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 12:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets picks himself up after an incomplete pass against the Miami Dolphins at New Meadowlands Stadium on December 12, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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What a difference two weeks makes. Two weeks ago the Jets were flying high at 9-2 and on top of the AFC, tied for the best record in the NFL. Now, they have lost two straight, and there is turbulence on the Jets' flight to the playoffs.

The Jets are sitting at 9-4 tied for the wild-card position with the Ravens. And the Dolphins, Colts and Chargers all sitting at 7-6 are hoping to knock the Jets out of the playoffs completely.

With this being said, should Jets fans start to hit the panic button?

Let's break down why they should, and why they shouldn't.


Why It's a Good Idea To Start Hitting the Panic Button

  1. The Jets have a tough road ahead: Steelers who are 10-3, Bears at 9-4 and Bills who always manage to compete with hard teams. The Jets are 2-4 against teams over .500.
  2. Mark Sanchez has been playing just horrendous.
  3. The running game has not been effective.
  4. The Jets swagger is at an all-time low.
  5. Shaun Ellis and other defensive players are mad at Ryan for criticizing the defense after their loss at the Dolphins, where they allowed only 10 points.
  6. Look at the Jets history; they are infamous choke artists and are 100 percent cursed.
  7. Even Pats fans are gathering up the courage to call the Jets cheaters after Sal Alosi tripped a player. Never thought I'd see the day.


Why You Should Wait a Week or Two To Panic

  1. The Jets are still in charge of their own destiny.
  2. Even if they lose all three games, there still is a chance they can make the playoffs.
  3. The defense has been playing Anti-Sanchez, or in other words, really well.
  4. Last year the Jets were able to come back from a collapse—maybe Rex Ryan will help the Jets not collapse this year too.
  5. Jets fans forget Sanchez was good at one point, from Week 9 to Week 11. Fans were calling him the Sanchize again. Hopefully he will find his rhythm in the last two weeks.
  6. This team is built for the playoffs.


Final Verdict: Don't push the panic button yet, but keep your finger on it.


The Jets are still in control of there own destiny, which is a big advantage. They are also up two games over all other teams in the wild-card race, so that is also a plus.

But the tough games have me worried. And the teams behind the Jets in the wild-card hunt also have me worried, as the Chargers are known for their comebacks, and the Colts have Peyton Manning.

The Jets can win these tough games though, and what they need to do is simple. Both the offense and defense need to play well in the same game. Ever since they acquired Santonio Holmes and Calvin Pace in Week 5, the offense and defense haven't played well in the same game. If they can play well on both sides of the ball, they can win these games.

Very little right now has me convinced that Mark Sanchez can bounce back though. Especially with awful performances against the Patriots and Dolphins

They also have to play tough defenses, matching up against the Bears and Steelers who both are ranked in the top three for average points allowed in a game. But last year he was able to perform late in the season and in the playoffs, so hopefully he will do the same this year.

So don't panic yet, Jets fans. Wait a week or two, see if they can pull out a win and see how the wild-card contenders do. But if they lose both games against the Bears and Steelers, and either of the contenders wins both of their games in the next two weeks, start hitting it.