To put it bluntly, the New York Jets needed to win this weeks game or their season was done. Sitting at 2-3 and suffering through a disappointing start of the season that had produced a fair amount of infighting, the Jets were a team on the verge of a collapse of Titanic proportions. Luckily for them, this weeks game was against a team with even more issues, the Miami Dolphins.
The Dolphins, off to their second 0-5 start in five years, are (un)officially said to be in full 'Suck for Luck' mode with the loss of starting QB Chad Henne and the dismal beginning of this season. Oh, for those not in the know, the 'Suck for Luck' campaign is where a team is going to tank its season for the chance to draft Stanford's Andrew Luck, who is by far considered the best quarterback prospect to ever come out of college.
So far, the Dolphins are right on track to secure their next franchise QB, though the losing is beginning to take its toll on the players.
"It's tough right now," wide receiver Brandon Marshall said. "When you lose, everything looks bad. It's a nasty feeling in the building and a nasty feeling every day. The only thing we can do is fight to get a win."
The 24-6 win for the Jets snapped a three game losing streak that threatened to tear apart the team. Once thought a Super Bowl contender, New York saw itself fall to third in their division behind the Patriots and the Bills. This characteristically brought about a fair amount of frustration that spilled over into the media, mainly in the form of different parts of the team blaming other parts. Or, as it goes, the usual gripes.
"In every locker room, things like this happen," Head coach Rex Ryan said. "Trust me, we're past that thing. It's unfortunate that it happened. We're chasing a much bigger thing than that. We're moving forward."
But, as the saying goes, time heals all wounds and I guess so does a win as it was all smiles and relief after the final seconds of the fourth quarter ticked off.
"Hey, we needed a win in the worst way," a relieved Ryan said. "I'm just happy that we found a way to get one."
The 3-3 Jets have better hope they got their swag back as their upcoming schedule isn't giving them many gimme's as easy as the Dolphins were. The next five games for the Jets are going to dictate just how far this team will go as they face the 4-1 San Diego Chargers next followed by Buffalo, New England, Denver and Buffalo again.
It's a do or die stretch of games for the Jets and it's either put up or shut up.
My money's on shut up.
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