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Monday, January 4, 2016

Jets get knocked out by Bills, miss the playoffs

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This one needed to have a full night's sleep to process what we all saw at Ralph Wilson Stadium this past Sunday. Once again it was a win and your in moment for this Football team that saw a 5 game winning streak with some impressive wins in OT against the NY Giants and the coin toss gift from the Patriots as well as the Baltimore Ravens doing the Jets a favor by defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers.

But sadly all those gifts the Jets got they couldn't spend one on themselves as they loss to the Buffalo Bills by a score of 22-17 which in fact is the same score when they lost to the Bills at Met Life Stadium on Thursday Night Football. As every single road game at Buffalo is coming closer to reality during the NFL Schedule I have always said that the one terminology discussing these games up in Western New York when these two sides are playing against each other.

No matter how good or how bad the Bills are during the season and when they do play the Jets "SOMETHING SCREWY ALWAYS HAPPENS" and the start to that game proved that the Jets found a way once again to stink up the joint. Yes they found ways to get back into the game, but that's not enough when you need to take a lead and win this game to be in the post season.

The Jets broke many team records and NFL records to have a ten win season and while this was an amazing season in the start of the Todd Bowles/Mike MacCagnan era the sad reality it that it's a season with a glass half full. Solid acquisitions and trades like Brandon Marshall and bringing back Darrell Revis & Antonio Cromartie to help the secondary to get stronger

While the Jets had a better second half there were issues stopping the Bills and the Jets continued to shoot themselves in the foot by allowing Sammy Watkins to grab so many catches and get first downs that you couldn't believe the cushion he got from such a prolific corner in Revis that he never got into the face of Watkins, or if he did a flag was thrown for just barely touching him.

We all knew that Bilal Powell wasn't active as he suffered an ankle injury but how is it that Steven Ridley became the featured back out of the blue and Chris Ivory was demoted as the second runner after blowing by the front seven of the Bills for a 58yd run and wasn't seen ever again. Ryan Fitzpatrick who had a fantastic season sadly showed his old self when he threw three interceptions towards the back end of the 4th quarter and sadly that big moment for the Jets came when Kembrill Thompkins almost became a legend in Jets lore.

What a moment it could've been after making a big catch with only one defender to beat and down the far sideline to take it to the house and score a big touchdown, but sadly he took a shoulder from the last defender and lost the ball that was called incomplete and the last gasp was gone. But at the end of the day, the Cleveland Browns were never going to defeat the Steelers and the Jets sadly found another way to lose a big game that would've punched their ticket to the post season for the first time since 2010.

But while this is a huge disappointment for the Jets 2015 regular season there is some comfort to know that Todd Bowles had some success in his first season as an NFL Head Coach, but he's going to have to fix somethings to get ready for the 2016 season. He needs ti improve his clock management skills and he can't put his faith into certain players that are not at their prime anymore. The Ridley situation was a major mistake as Chris Ivory is your big horse to run the ball all the time with Powell deactivated due to injury. To earn 10 wins in your first NFL Head Coaching job was a good moment, but sadly the end of the season fell apart at the wrong time.

But while Todd Bowles job is over with unfortunately right now and getting ready for next season, it's now Mike MacCagnan's job to try and keep most of this roster and continue to make the Jets better and challenge the Patriots for that AFC East Division Title again.
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