The New York Jets are in position to make the playoffs this season. Yes it is indeed true.
Yes, the same Jets that ESPN had ranked 32nd in their power rankings and is considered to be the worst team in the league. Even worse than the Jacksonville Jaguars. Yet they are doing even better than that other New York football team. With their stifling defense and a rookie quarterback at the helm, it seems like a winning formula for Rex Ryan and company. With big wins against the Patriots, Falcons and Saints, currently they hold the six and final wild card spot in the AFC.
Yes, the Jets are inconsistent. They have alternate wins and losses this season and have not a two game winning streak. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith show flashes of brilliance and shows flashes of not so brilliant. He has more interceptions than touchdowns ( 8 touchdowns and 13 interceptions to be exact) but he always seems to make the big plays when it counts. He also became the first player since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger with four winning drives in fourth quarter or overtime in his first seven games. If the Jets are going to get that final playoff spot, Geno must limit the turnovers and play smart football.
While the offense have been a work in progress, the defense have been absolutely tremendous. Led by Muhammad Wilkerson and rookie Sheldon Richardson, the Jets ranked 7th in the NFL in Total Defense and ranked 1st in Opponent Rushing Yards. The Jets front four has been giving offenses a really hard time. The secondary has been a different story. They are ranked 22nd in the league in passing yards allowed. Dee Milliner is a work in progress but will get better. With the news of Ed Reed being released, the Jets front office should considered adding Reed as a mentor to their rookies and could have a tremendous impact on the secondary.
The Jets have more than a chance to make the playoffs this season. For a team that was written off before the season started, they have responded well. No matter what is the outcome for the Jets season, Rex Ryan job is safe and Jets fans should be excited for the future. The future is now for the Jets.
At least we do not have to relive this anymore.