A week ago, the loss to the Patriots could be rationalized by saying that New England is possibly the best NFL team out there right now and is indisputably the hottest.
The Miami Dolphins? Not so much. Still, the result was the same….and it indicates that Rex Ryan’s team is in big trouble.
Allegedly playing for redemption after getting beaten down royally on Monday Night Football, the Jets came out flat against a pumped up Dolphins team and paid the price, losing 10-6 at home. Quarterback Mark Sanchez was almost benched after throwing three interceptions and the running game produced not much better.
However, the shame at all the on-field performances pale when looked at in comparison with the most ridiculous act in Jets history: The strength and conditioning coach tripped Miami’s Nolan Carroll as he was running down the sidelines to cover a punt. Sal Aliotti has been suspended for the rest of the season and fined $25,000.
The Jets started the year boasting about being Super Bowl contenders. Perhaps their big mouths led them to be overconfident, but now the playoffs may not even be within reach. It would be difficult to find enough towels to wipe off all the egg on their faces if their off-season starts in Week 18.
To make matters worse, they now have to face a rolling Pittsburgh Steelers team…in Pittsburgh. The odds of the team pulling this one out seem to be about the same as being struck by lightning or me being kissed by Megan Fox.
Still, the Jets almost never perform the way you think they will. They lose games they’re supposed to win and occasionally pull off big upsets. It could happen.
But don’t bet the ranch on it.
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Written by Frank Mazzola