The New York Jets have established themselves as one of the league’s most dangerous playoff teams in recent years, but getting Gang Green into the postseason has actually proven to be a surprisingly difficult task.
They’ve been the AFC’s No. 6 seed both of the last two seasons, and in both cases, a single victory could’ve been the difference between playing football in January and drinking cocktails on the beach. Last season, they lost three of their last five regular season games but still slipped in, and in 2009, they secured their berth with just a 9-7 record.
It doesn’t really matter because once they got in, they set the conference on fire both years by appearing in consecutive AFC Championship Games and defeating Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Phillip Rivers in the process, but if their regular season performance had mirrored their postseason success both those years, we’d probably be talking about the Jets as one of the most elite teams in the league at this point instead of wondering whether or not the next post-season will even include them.
Maybe they prefer it that way, but with a 4-3 record, a third-place ranking in their division and legitimate concerns at several key positions in their lineup, it’s definitely a question worth asking.
The answer lies in the schedule ahead, and based on what the Jets have in store for them, New York just might drag this thing all the way out to Week 17 one more time, with the entire playoff landscape hanging in the balance once again.
Would you expect anything less?