The New York Jets season ended in western New York, following a 22-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. For a team that showed a lot of toughness over the past five weeks and the ability to overcome a lot of negativity late in games, the magic ran out. The last three Jets offensive possessions ended in interceptions by Ryan Fitzpatrick. None was more costly then the first one. With the Jets finally moving the ball on consecutive possessions, they trailed 19-17. On a second down at the Bills 15 yard line, Fitzpatrick fired a ball to a well covered Eric Decker. The ball was intercepted and the drive ended, and along with it ended the last best chance the Jets had to yank one last game out of the fire.

Ryan Fitzpatrick is the not the only guy to point the finger at in this season ending loss. There is plenty of blame to go around. The defense could not get off the field for the majority of the game. Darelle Revis could not cover Watkins. The play calling on both sides of the ball left a lot to be desired. Dropped passes, missed field goals, missed tackles and on and on it goes. All in all the team with nothing to play for showed up ready to fight and the Jets magic ran out.

As hard is it is to swallow as a fan of this franchise, the Jets made a lot of strides in 2015-2016. They were coming off a 4-12 season and were a franchise in turmoil. They won ten football games this year, under a new General Manager, Head Coach and quarterback. Not the easiest of tasks. But in the end it just was not enough to qualify for the AFC playoffs as they lose the six seed tiebreaker to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Todd Bowles, in my opinion, along with the rest of his team chose the wrong game to not be ready for the moment. For the first time in a while they looked like the game was too big for them. Hopefully it is a stepping stone in the right direction. But as Bill Parcells, Bowles famous mentor said, “you never know what another year will bring, it’s another off-season, another draft, another mini-camp, another training camp, another preseason, and 15 more games just to get back to this day.”

We will see where it goes from here. It was my pleasure to report on a very fun Jets season and I hope it was entertaining to read.

– Rob DiToma

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