New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Can Gang Green Avoid an Epic Collapse?

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New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Can Gang Green Avoid an Epic Collapse?
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Can you hear it? That low murmur emanating from Flushing Meadows and the remnants of Shea Stadium.

Can you hear it yet? It's a bit louder now as it moves from Queens, NY over the Hudson River into East Rutherford, NJ. The murmur is now a distinct whisper exhaling from what's left of Giants Stadium

You can hear it now, can't you? That whisper has now increased in volume into a painful groan fueled by years of inflated hopes and crushed dreams

You've heard it now. On December 12th, that painful groan metamorphosed into a collective cry that can be heard throughout all of New Meadowlands Stadium and throughout Jets Nation.

It is the all too familiar cry of "SAME OLD JETS!"

Steve Sabol of NFL Films accurately likened "same old Jets" to “Charlie Brown trying to kick a football from Lucy’s hold. No matter how close he gets, Lucy always rips the ball away and all that’s left is a painful crash back to earth.”

Nothing can be closer to the truth. The Jets' embarrassing loss to the Miami Dolphins put Jets fans in the all too familiar situation of going from believing the hype of a team destined for greatness to a team wallowing in mediocrity and fighting for its playoff life.

Hopes of a division title have been quashed as the once questioned Patriots have established themselves as the best team in the AFC by slaughtering the Bears to an 11-2 record and a guaranteed playoff berth. It seems not even Mother Nature can stop Tom Brady, as he threw for over 350 yards and two TDs in a Chicago blizzard.

At 9-4 the Jets are still control their playoff destiny. But with contests against the Steelers, Bears and Bills, and with the stench of "same old Jets" in the air, the possibility of going 1-2—or worse, 0-3—in the final three games is very realistic. A 9-7 record will all but assure them a trip to the golf course as they watch the postseason on TV, and a 10-6 record will most likely yield the same result, as the AFC is highly contested.

The Jets now face the daunting task of traveling to Pittsburgh and trying to get back on track by winning in one of the toughest home fields in the NFL, Heinz Field...where they have yet to win a game.

Here are 10 things to watch for as the Jets try to fly out of a turbulence-filled sky and get back on a winning track against the Men of Steel.

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