The final spot in the AFC playoff picture is going to go down to the wire between the four teams involved. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets are all currently tied at 5-6. Being tied isn’t the worst thing, but that’s only if you own the tie-breaker over the other teams. As of right now, the Jets only own the tie-breaker over the Dolphins, but that will change if New York fails to defeat Miami next week.
Entering today, the Steelers were the only team who held the tie-breaker over the Jets. After today, that all changed. When the Ravens defeated the Jets, it gave Baltimore the tie-breaker over the Jets, and also gave New York their first losing streak of the season. This isn’t the best time of the year to start losing multiple games in a row, and if New York loses again next week, it may put an end to the Jets’ postseason dreams.
Rex Ryan was on the hot seat at the beginning of the season, but the temperature was turned down after the Jets managed to play better than many imagined. However, the win one, lose one mentality will not get the job done in the long run. Especially now that the Jets have lost back-to-back games, a winning streak is needed more now than ever before.
The Jets schedule down the stretch is rather favorable, so going on a run is quite the possibility. Geno Smith is obviously going to have to play at a higher level in order for that to happen, but Smith has shown a few signs of promise so far this season. Next week’s game against the Dolphins is huge for the Jets. A win may be enough to get New York rolling, but a loss may end any postseason dreams Ryan and the Jets still have.
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