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After Thursday’s Thanksgiving massacre, Rex Ryan came out with comments saying that it was not impossible for his team to catch the Patriot’s in the AFC East. I’m all for having confidence in your team, but Rex should have checked the numbers before opening his mouth.
Rex Ryan’s team is 4-7. In the AFC East, we call that last place. Meanwhile, the Patriots are holding down the top spot, with a record of 8-3. If the Jets somehow manage to win the next 4, and the Patriots manage to lose four in a row, then they will both be even at 8-7.
But let’s be real here, what are the chances that the Pats are going to drop four games in a row? Sure, maybe if we lose a big player (like Gronkowski? Oh wait, he didn’t play on Thursday and the team still demolished the Jets), we might drop a game or two, but four consecutive games? Not likely. The last five games on the Jets schedule don’t exactly look overly challenging but then again, we all thought the Jets had a fighting chance against the Pats (according to Ryan, if the Jets didn’t have “a couple of blown coverages” the game would have been a lot closer). Who’s to say they’re not going to lose a couple more? I say this all slightly tentatively because who knows, a divine intervention might happen (but probably not).
So Rex, the Jets didn’t win the game, and it doesn’t look like they’re going to be dancing atop the AFC East anytime soon. Maybe next season. But for now, Patriots nation appreciates your humorous comments.