Originally posted on Shutdown Corner  |  Last updated 12/20/11
It wasn't supposed to be this way for the New York Jets, who were supposed to take the next step this year. Expectations placed upon the Jets, largely put there by the weight of their own hype and talk had the team winning the AFC East for the first time in 2002 and just the third time in franchise history. Now on Sunday with the New England Patriots winning their ninth divisional title since 2001, the Jets are not only left to wonder where their team-building went wrong, they are left to battle and scratch their way into the postseason. Coming off a humiliating 45-19 loss in Philadelphia on Sunday, the Jets saw their three-game winning streak snapped; a streak that had them believing they were among the best teams in the conference. Now 8-6, they face a desperate New York Giants team on Saturday afternoon in a Christmas Eve battle where the loser will likely wrap up their regular season with coal. But the Week 15 loss to the Eagles could likely prove to be decisive in the battle for the
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