200 Miles From the Citi

December 14, 2010 10:21 PM

Same Old Jets? - Part II


This is the second of a two-part series.

As a Jets fan, you can't help but cringe when the Jets open December with two straight losses.

Many a season has met its demise with such a December start.

Yesterday we looked at how this could be that kind of a demise.

After last year, though, there's a glimmer of hope despite the recent ineptitude.

Today, we justify that hope.

Besides the terrible Jets memories of seasons past that Sunday conjured up, you know what Sunday reminded me of?

A year ago, when the Jets lost to the Falcons.  Sunday's 10-6 loss to the Dolphins was almost a mirror image of the 10-7 loss to Atlanta a year ago.

Where a win over the Dolphins could have essentially locked up a playoff spot for the Jets, a win over the Falcons a year ago would have kept the Jets a game up on the other wild card teams with just two to play.

Both losses - at the time they happened - seemed like the end of a playoff run for the Jets.  Both were ugly outings that made the fans think - How do you rebound from that?

Well, these aren't the Same Old Jets.  Rex Ryan has never had a bad December.  After that Falcons game a year ago, Ryan inspired his team to wins over the Colts and Bengals, and they went storming into the playoffs...all the way to the AFC Championship Game.

After that Dolphins game the Jets don't look like a team that is capable of beating the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Chicago Bears on the road.

But this is a team that has stared adversity in the face before...and somehow overcome it.

Even in December.

These aren't the Same Old Jets.

They're Rex Ryan's Jets.

And until I see them completely fall apart, I'll refuse to believe it can happen.

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