After flying high on a three-game winning streak, where the Jets were able to get back to their successful ground-and-pound game, where they found a role for Plaxico Burress and with their defense flourishing, New York was all set to take over the lead in the AFC East.
Then that debacle happened on Sunday night with a little over 20 million people watching.
Gone was the strong running game. Gone was the defense. Gone was Mark Sanchez's turnover-free play. Gone was the usual strong special teams play. And gone was any real chance at capturing the division crown.
The Jets should be grateful for a quick turnaround game against the Denver Broncos on a very short week.
New York needs to use the Broncos like they used the Miami Dolphins earlier in the season. They need to exorcise their demons on the—what should be inferior team—in order to get back on track.
These five players need to bounce back strong against the Broncos for the Jets to win the game and to start their battle for the wild-card spot.