Originally posted on NBC New York  |  Last updated 12/9/11

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 17: Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets stands on the field prior to the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on January 17, 2010 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
When thinking about this Sunday's game against the Chiefs, it is hard not to think about it as a microcosm of the entire Rex Ryan era. On the surface it looks like a game that the Jets should completely dominate to pick up their eighth victory of the season. The Chiefs are playing Tyler Palko at quarterback, Jamaal Charles was lost a long time ago and Kansas City has had a disappointing season across the board after winning the AFC West last year. The Jets, on the other hand, have everything in the world at stake when they take the field on Sunday afternoon. A win keeps them in good shape for a playoff spot and they are coming off of two faith-restoring wins over the Bills and Redskins. And yet it feels like one of those games for the Jets, one of those Sundays in December when they go out and play so poorly that it makes you question what in the world Ryan does to get his team ready to play games they can't afford to lose. They had one against Atlanta in 2009 and another against the Dolphins
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