The playoffs are probably a pipe dream, but there’s plenty on the line for members of the 3-5 New York Jets.
FLORHAM PARK, NEW JERSEY—Ah, autumn in the AFC East, a period defined by traditions. Buffalo Bills fans’ folding tables are being lit and smashed, the focus of Miami Dolphins supporters has already shifted to the hardwood of the Heat, and the New England Patriots’ division championship t-shirts are already being printed.
Oh, and the New York Jets are 3-5.
For the third consecutive season, the Jets have posted a win percentage of .375 at the midway mark, currently reeling from back-to-back losses. Members of the team reflected on the familiar posting during conferences calls on Monday afternoon.
“Were 3-5. Mentally we’re in a good place,” head coach Todd Bowles said. “We just got to correct things on both sides of the ball.”
“You can’t be behind schedule. I think it’s a mix of a lot of things,” quarterback Sam Darnold added. “We got to be better, we got to execute.”
With the Patriots up to their traditional winning ways, up ahead at 6-2 after a Monday night win over the Bills, the Jets’ easiest option to a postseason berth would be the AFC’s second wild card, but that scenario is likewise vanishing, the Jets currently entrapped in a four-team logjam in the worse half of the conference. The team has landed themselves in that position with inconsistency and carelessness, both negative traits prominently on display during Sunday’s most recent loss.