The New York Jets came into the 2010 NFL season with high hopes. Coming off a surprise run to the AFC Championship Game last January and with a brash, young team seemingly on the rise, the Jets were a sleeper pick to reach this year's Super Bowl in Arlington, Texas.
And they started the season looking like potential world beaters. Yes, they lost their opening tilt to the Ravens on Monday Night Football, but they proceeded to win nine of their next 10 games.
But they ran into a Patriots buzz saw on Monday night, Dec. 6, and with Sunday's tough 38-34 loss to the Bears in Chicago, the J-E-T-S have now lost three of four.
Though they backed into an AFC playoff berth with Jacksonville's loss to Washington on Sunday, the Jets aren't exactly roaring into the postseason on a positive note.
Even the most fervent of Jets fans are leery of their squad's playoff chances, and here are the five main reasons why.