Just how good are you?
Thirteen weeks into their campaign, we are beginning to learn that this group is more talk than performance. And what once appeared to be a Super Bowl-or-Bust season may end with the Jets on the outside and looking in.
The Jets responded from their humiliating effort six days prior in New England by an inexcusable 10-6 loss to the Dolphins at the New Meadowlands Stadium Sunday afternoon. A presumptive contender in the off-season, the Jets have lost two in a row and are now 9-4. Miami is 7-6.
Unlike last Monday, where the entire team disgraced itself, Sunday's loss was directly attributable to the offensive unit's collective failure. The Jets were only able to manage two Nick Folk field goals—a 35-yarder in the second quarter and a 42-yarder in the fourth.
Mark Sanchez threw his 11th interception in his last five games. He also fumbled four times—losing once—and was sacked six times. Sanchez only completed 17-of-44 pass attempts for 216 yards.
The game's biggest play occurred in the second quarter when Santonio Holmes dropped Sanchez's lone perfect pass in the back corner of the end zone. The Jets trailed 10-3 at that point. Holmes, like his offensive teammates, was a non-factor with two catches for 57 yards. Jerricho Cotchery led the team with five receptions for 69 yards.
What is most distressing about this loss was that the Jets defense gave their offensive teammates every opportunity to win the game. The Dolphins punted on 10 of their 16 offensive possessions, and fumbled the ball away three other times.
Miami scored their 10 points in the first quarter. Dan Carpenter drilled a 47-yard field goal 7:50 into the game. Chad Henne added a six yard touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall with 2:48 left in the quarter. It was all they would need as the Jets were inept.
The Jets qualified for the playoffs in 2009 due to an end of the season winning streak. With games left in Pittsburgh, Chicago and Buffalo, it must be asked whether the Jets can win enough games in order to qualify for the playoffs.
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