Through the first two months of the season, the New York Jets looked like they might actually make some noise in the AFC East. Then the bye week came, and Rex Ryan’s team has not won since. New York’s 23-3 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday was its third straight. Geno Smith and company have scored a total of 20 points in the past three weeks, and guys like Kellen Winslow IIseem to be getting discouraged.
By record alone, the Jets are not out of the playoff race. The AFC remains wide open, with the Baltimore Ravens and their 6-6 record clinging to the second wild card spot — just ahead of the 6-6 Miami Dolphins due to the head-to-head tie-breaker. Despite that, Winslow recently gave an interesting prediction for the AFC Championship Game.
“I got the pats vs broncos in AFC championship game and Panthers vs Seahawks in NFC championship,” he tweeted at free agent wide receiver Donte Stallworth on Monday, according to Newsday’s Kimberley A. Martin.
Winslow has since deleted the tweet. He also sounded discouraged when speaking to reporters after Sunday’s loss.
“We’ve lost three straight, so, obviously [that's] not good,” he said, via Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com. “But we’ll go down swinging. We have to go to work. This is our job. It’s not like the season is over. It might be record-wise, but it’s still football. We still love it.”
The Jets are only one game out of the playoff race, but really two because the Dolphins and Ravens both hold the tie-breaker over them. With four games remaining in the season, you’d like to think they haven’t throw in the towel. Having said that, they see the same product we see on the field every weekend. The offense is getting worse by the week. When your starting quarterback has thrown eight interceptions and zero touchdowns in five games, confidence is tough to find.