Now, they are on the outside looking in.
After an awful showing in a 13-3 loss to the Seahawks, the team proved that they do not deserve to make the playoffs.
They couldn't pass the ball. They couldn't run the ball. They couldn't stop the Seattle rushing attack with a patchwork offensive line blocking for the Seahawks. They only hit Seneca Wallace once all day. They threw away three points on a delay of game penalty that could have changed the way the rest of the game was played.
The coaches made calls that ended up making the Jets lose.
You get the idea.
You name it with what could have gone wrong for the Jets today, and it did.
A three-win team beat them soundly for four quarters. A team with nothing to play for, except for giving coach Mike Holmgren a win in his last home game as coach of the Seahawks, dominated the action from the opening kickoff.
Leave it to the Jets to get into a position as terrible as this. Long gone is the team that beat the Patriots and Titans in their buildings. In clear focus now is a team in complete disarray.
After scoring a field goal on a long opening drive, things were looking good for the Jets. Up 3-0, and playing decently, they held the Seahawks scoreless for most of the first half. The Seahawks then intercepted Brett Favre on a pass that he had no business even thinking of throwing, and the wheels came off. Scoring on a touchdown pass late in the second quarter, the Seahawks went into halftime up 7-3.
Still a manageable game for the Jets, they had their chances to win.
Instead of playing hard though, the Jets crawled into a hole, and barely played at all in the second half. Playing as if they were brain dead, they could not do anything right, and, with the game still in question, on a long pass on fourth and short, the Jets did not convert, and left the Seahawks on the Jets 20 yard line.
Shortly after, the Jets lost 13-3 in their worst performance of the season.
At the same time, the Dolphins and the Patriots, who played earlier in the day, played like teams wanting to make the postseason.
They looked as if they wanted to play golf in a very short amount of time.
Simply put, this team does not deserve the honor of being in the playoffs. After being 8-3, they had numerous chances to nail a playoff spot down.
Instead, they played some of the worst football in the NFL over the past month or so. Now, they need to pray for a near miracle to make the playoffs. More than likely, the Patriots will win, and even if the Jets win against Miami, they will miss the playoffs despite being 10-6.
What does this mean?
It means that the team wasted a lot of money in free agency for nothing. It means that the team gave their fans false hope after trading for Brett Favre. It means that the team still has not changed one bit.
Will a miracle happen? Will the Jets somehow make the playoffs?
Anything can happen, but do not count on it.
Even worse, will Brett Favre retire for good? Will he leave the Jets in a worse state than before he came to town?
He better not, or he may possible tarnish his amazing legacy forever.
Only one thing is clear for the Jets now. They have to win, and hope that the Bills beat the Patriots in Buffalo.
If these things do not happen, more than likely, the Jets will be sitting home during the playoffs once again.