Entering Sunday’s game, there was a chance for the New York Jets to reach the NFL Playoffs. Their 30-20 defeat at the hands of NFC South contender Carolina Panthers basically ends any chance. They would have to out and hope for the San Diego Chargers. Baltimore Ravens, and Miami Dolphins to all lose their remaining contests. This does not seem likely, so focus pretty much shifts to 2014. I actually think the Jets can finish 8-8 because outside of a couple mistakes they were right there on Sunday. However, missing out on postseason action would be the third straight year. A 5-4 start put them in solid position, and this team is on the verge of a full on collapse having gone 1-4 since reaching that record.
Pass rush looked decent at times, and QB Geno Smith made some solid throws. He was just under a lot of pressure. Carolina’s blocked punt made him to the air, and he was picked off. It wasn’t until things were pretty much decided that Smith threw his only touchdown pass. Chris Ivory ran hard providing some hope. Head coach Rex Ryan now deals with the fallout from New York’s eighth loss. In four of his five years, the team entered with postseason hopes in doubt. Only in 2010 were they a sure thing to qualify. This group of receivers does not seem like something a true contender. Ryan’s mentality and attitude are great, but owner Woody Johnson may have grown tired of pedestrian offense. Smith needs time to see what he can be but providing competition is a good idea.