The New York Jets limp into the final weeks of the season mired in a two-game losing skid and hampered by injuries. They face a playoff-bound Steelers team this Sunday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh before traveling to Chicago to battle a tough Bears squad on Dec. 26th. Not many would be surprised if Green and White is 9-6 and fighting for their playoff lives heading into week 17 against the Buffalo Bills.
When the Jets hosted the Dolphins on Dec. 12, Mark Sanchez was 17-of-44, passing for 216 yards with an interception. He was forced to throw so much because of a putrid rushing game that combined for just 87 yards on 31 carries.
Will the team be able to bounce back and regain their swagger or will it be another painful December for long-tormented Jets fans ? Despite the recent offensive woes, there is plenty of reason to be optimistic.
Here are the top ten reasons why the New York Jets will win Super Bowl XLV.
Damien Woody will likely sit out the game against the Steelers with a knee injury, but he will be back in time for the stretch run.
Shaun Ellis (knee) and Nick Mangold (shoulder) are rehabbing and should return to action by this Sunday.
The Jets won their last Super Bowl in 1969. Long-suffering fans have withstood 40+ years of brutal seasons that ended in failure.
At 9-4, the Jets can control their playoff destiny if they win at Pittsburgh and Chicago and then at home against the Bills.
Rex Ryan's brash personality has given the Jets a confident swagger that was lacking in the past. His bravado and leadership skills has earned the whole-hearted support of his team.
Mark Sanchez led the Jets to the playoffs in his rookie season. He has shown flashes of brilliance and great maturity in his second year.
Woody Johnson was savvy enough to make several superb free-agent signings in the off-season that will pay dividends in the home stretch. LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor and Santonio Holmes will make their veteran presence felt come playoff time.
Revis Island will have many more visitors down the stretch. Revis hasn't been the lockdown force that he was last season, but has been nursing a hamstring injury. Expect him to heat up as he gets back to 100% health.
Green and Tomlinson combined for just 87 yards on 31 carries against the Dolphins, but expect the duo to fight hard in the final weeks of the season. LT has shown he has plenty left in the tank at the tender age of 30.
The front cover of the local New York paper will read "Folk Hero" after Nick Folk boots the New York Jets into the Super Bowl with one of his trademark majestic kicks.
Calvin Pace has 4.5 sacks and Jason Taylor added 19 solo tackles to boost the Jets on the defensive end. David Harris leads the team with 87 total tackles.
This is a Jets team that believes they are Super Bowl contenders. The squad bought into Rex Ryan's system and is poised to hoist the championship trophy in Dallas on February 6th, 2011.