Nov 3, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan during the game against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets and the Rex Ryan Era: After the Bye 2009

5-4, a record that nobody thought the Jets would have after nine games. Well, Jets’ fans saw the possibility. The “experts” had the Jets winning maybe five games all season long, not five out of the first nine games. Clearly, the Jets relish the role of the underdog. They have played far better during the Rex Ryan years when not expected to perform well.

Now that we are in the midst of the bye week, I thought it might be interesting to look back through the Rex Ryan era and see how the team has performed after the bye week. For starters, let’s take a look at a team that this year has been compared to, 2009.

Just like this year, Rex Ryan hitched his wagon to a rookie quarterback, and that wagon went all the way to the AFC title game. This team nearly missed the playoffs, and at one point coach Ryan thought the team was eliminated. This is the year that Peyton Manning was taken out of their regular season matchup against the Jets, paving the way for a come from behind win. The final record was 9-7.

That year, the team went into the bye week 4-4, let’s see the results after the bye:

 

10 Sun November 15 boxscore L 4-5 Jacksonville Jaguars 22 24 19 322 212 110 3 18 347 208 139 1
11 Sun November 22 boxscore L 4-6 @ New England Patriots 14 31 12 226 122 104 5 27 410 299 111 1
12 Sun November 29 boxscore W 5-6 Carolina Panthers 17 6 16 283 144 139 3 11 179 104 75 4
13 Thu December 3 boxscore W 6-6 @ Buffalo Bills 19 13 17 331 82 249 10 194 71 123 2
14 Sun December 13 boxscore W 7-6 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26 3 14 310 135 175 1 6 124 81 43 3
15 Sun December 20 boxscore L 7-7 Atlanta Falcons 7 10 17 314 215 99 3 12 238 152 86
16 Sun December 27 boxscore W 8-7 @ Indianapolis Colts 29 15 17 293 91 202 18 286 222 64 2
17 Sun January 3 boxscore W 9-7 Cincinnati Bengals 37 0 21 320 63 257 5 72 72

To summarize, the team went 5-3 after the bye in 2009. To parallel 2013, if the Jets win five after the bye, we will finish 10-6. If the Jets can pull that off, I think we all will be thrilled, regardless of whether or not that translates into a playoff appearance.

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