Originally posted on NBC New York  |  Last updated 11/21/11

DAVIE, FL - MAY 02: Executive Vice President of Football Operations Bill Parcells (L) walks past a player at practice on during Miami Dolphins Rookie Mini Camp on May 2, 2008 at the Dolphins practice facility in Davie, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
There's an old NFL saying attributed to former Jets coach Bill Parcells that your team is only as good as its record. Since the Jets are 5-5, that would mean that they are a mediocre team that has failed to distinguish itself in any meaningful way so far this season. That's rarely considered to be a good thing, especially when the season held such hope just two weeks ago, but it isn't the death knell it might be in other seasons. Mediocrity is the new black in the AFC, you see, which means that the Jets aren't nearly as close to seeing their torch go out as they probably should be after the way they played the last two weeks. With the exception of the Colts, every team in the conference has a record between 3-7 and 7-3 and that gives the Jets a fighting chance at a third straight ticket to the playoffs. The AFC is so screwy this season that the Patriots, who can tie the Ravens, Texans and Steelers for the best record in the conference with a win on Monday night, were being eulogized...
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