The wheels came off the Jets’ season when they suffered back-to-back losses to the Broncos and 49ers after a stunningly lopsided road victory over the Titans. They weren’t re-attached when the Jets beat the Bills in Week 15 because that was a game Buffalo lost rather than New York won.
Thus, the Jets’ 13-3 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday shouldn’t come as a shock. As bad as the Seahawks are, they certainly were good enough to beat slumping New York, especially after the Jets made the long trip to the Pacific time zone, where they hadn’t won in three previous tries this season. And the Seahawks certainly were motivated to give Mike Holmgren a win in his final home game as Seattle’s coach.
Another factor was the cold and snow at Qwest Field. Brett Favre was once a master of bad-weather games, but he’s no longer the quarterback who routinely overcomes such conditions as he was with the Packers. If anything, Favre is a liability in the cold and snow. He has become a liability for the Jets, repeatedly putting the ball in the hands of the opposition while failing to make enough big plays for his team.
Let the “Will this be Brett’s final season” talk crank up — again. Believe me, the New York media will pound that one to death. The New York media will also zero in on whether Jets coach Eric Mangini‘s job security is in question. The Jets spent a ton of money in the offseason and have little to show for it, falling behind the Dolphins and Patriots in the AFC East with one game remaining.