New York Jets Stumble in Playoff Race With Week 12 Loss

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Against all odds, the New York Jets entered Sunday in control of their destiny by holding onto the sixth playoff spot in the AFC. What followed was another subpar offensive outing against the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. Gang Green mustered a grand total of three points. Quarterback Geno Smith completed nine points on a windy afternoon. The Jets’ receivers dropped plenty of passes, and the running game also failed to muster much.

Now the Jets look buried under head-to head tiebreakers. It is not over by any stretch of the imagination, but there needs to be more urgency. As luck would have it, Week 13 brings one team that’s ahead of them in the Miami Dolphins. The Jets’ secondary coverage is a problem, but at least they have a good defensive line. They have so much stress put on them to keep the score low, though.

Falling out of the top six brings negative aspects into focus for New York. Smith’s status as starting quarterback stands in doubt as head coach Rex Ryan declined to truly endorse him going forward.

It is unfortunately becoming obvious that Ryan also now returns to the hot seat. Low expectations and pessimism for the Jets entering 2013 were turned around with a good start, but those positive feeling are gone. Owner Woody Johnson would likely be very upset if his team continues to flounder. There’s still time for a turnaround, but there are glaring issues. Jets fans will be doing their share of scoreboard-watching over these next few weeks.

Nick Mamary is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @NickMamary1, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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