Two weeks ago, the Jets were flying high entering a game in New England. One 45-3 loss later, they had the wind taken out of their sales. It showed last week in a pathetic 10-6 loss to the Dolphins. That game set NFL football back a few seasons, but it also set the Jets back. They have games at Pittsburgh, at Chicago and at home against Buffalo left. The AFC East is mainly a pipe dream, and missing the playoffs—it would take a loss at home to Buffalo—is an embarrassing possibility.
In the Steelers, the Jets face a similar team. The Pittsburgh offense has stalled of late, and their defense is as dominant ever. They allow only 60.1 yards rushing per game. The next-best team is Chicago at 87.9. The Steelers have a shaky secondary, especially with Troy Polamalu likely out, but does any Jets fan have confidence in Mark Sanchez to exploit that? He has played timid and sloppy football of late, and the Jets need better play from their offense. They are 9-0 when they score a touchdown this season, but 0-4 when they don't.
Jets fans are already in full-fledged panic mode. They are embarrassed at the code-red situation involving strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi and his deliberate tripping of a Dolphins player. The talk of a Super Bowl has quieted, but that doesn't mean this team can't win in Pittsburgh and revive some of that chatter. If Sanchez plays well, a