Breer: Jet fuel
Ryan didn't mention that a drop by Stephen Hill was far more costly. The Patriots' defense couldn't stop New York late in the game, but the Jets stopped themselves. If the rookie held on to a wide-open, third-down pass, the Patriots probably never would've had a chance to go to overtime. The Jets' play-calling has been criticized in New York as too timid late in the game.
"To say we were scared, that's ridiculous," Ryan said, via the New York Daily News. "That's somebody that probably never played in their life. People can write any opinion they want, but to say we're scared, that's not even close to accurate."
We agree with that. The Jets aren't playing scared, and they aren't playing poorly. They are playing just well enough to get beat by the true contenders.
If nothing else, the Jets picked the right year to be mediocre. Eight or nine wins could get them a wild-card spot in this ugly AFC.