Season in jeopardy for the Jets just four weeks in
By Julian Jimenez
After a debacle of a loss last week at Kansas City, the New York Jets had a chance to redeem themselves at home in Week 4. Instead, the only redemption they made was unveiling what looks to be their true team identity.
The New York Jets had some major factors working in their favor in their White Out game against the Seattle Seahawks. Russell Wilson was going to play with a sprained MCL, having suffered the initial injury a couple of weeks ago. The Seahawks are a west coast team traveling to the east coast to play a one o’clock game.
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That factor typically tends to give the east coast team the edge there. The Jets were back home with their fans where they had every reason to show up. They came out of the tunnel with a little more life and fight than the opposing team. There were no excuses to not show up.
Instead, the former Wisconsin quarterback lit up the Jets’ secondary to lead his team to a 27-17 win at Met Life Stadium. Once again, we saw proof of how susceptible the Jets’ secondary is and continue to be the biggest flaw on this team.
So now standing there all lonely with a 1-3 record at the AFC East cellar, albeit the Miami Dolphins carry the same record, they have no one to blame but themselves.
The Jets knew that they had one of the toughest schedules coming into 2016. They knew that they had to get off to a quick start to the season if they were going to compete for an NFL Playoff spot.
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Coming into Week 4’s tilt against Seattle, the Jets already had 10 giveaways. Six of those 10 turnovers were in large part thanks to Ryan Fitzpatrick’s picks last week.
It was reported that Fitzpatrick was going to be on a “short leash.” But were Sunday’s efforts enough to pull that leash away and make a switch?
Yes, he didn’t throw another six interceptions, but he threw three more on Sunday. That’s a total of nine interceptions in the last two games alone. That’s extremely frightening, to say the least.
At 1-3 the Jets will travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers in Week 5 who have a fresh Le’Veon Bell returning, then head to Arizona for a Monday Night Football showdown against the Arizona Cardinals the following week.
It’s a real possibility that the Jets could very well lose the next two games and realistically be in a lost season the rest of the way. Staring at a possible 1-5 record when they make their next home start against the Baltimore Ravens (Week 7), that would mean that they would have no choice but to win out their remaining games. Are the Jets better than the Ravens? That’s not so much a sure thing now, and would essentially eliminate them from any playoff thoughts if they were to lose that game.
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Are the Jets realistically capable of winning 10 games in a row, to possibly coming up short one game at a wild card spot anyway? Let’s not forget that they’d still have five divisional games left on their schedule. The short answer to that questions is a realistic no. Every game from here on to the end is a must-win game. No excuses. The talent and correct mindset are there. There is just no chemistry or leadership right now that is there to help guide this team when they are down. Those aspects were what helped them prevail and win 10 games last year. Is the season over? No, but it could very well be soon.