New York Jets: Recent history following the bye week

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This was an interesting year, as it was the year of Brett Favre. It was his first retirement/unretirement, and when the Packers wouldn’t take him back, he had to go. The Packers wouldn’t send him to Minnesota which is where he wanted to go, so instead, he played for the Jets for a year. The fact that he used the Jets to get to the Vikings in 2009 is something for a different discussion at a different time.

The Jets had an early break this year, coming after week four. They were 2-2 heading into the bye, but showing signs of what the offense really could do. In the final game before the bye they put up 56 points in a win over the Cardinals. Coming out of the bye, the Jets winning ways continued. They beat the Bengals at home and continued on a tear, winning six out of their first seven games following the break.

Unfortunately for the Jets, Favre was banged up and didn’t tell anyone. His play suffered and so did the play of the team. They lost four out of five to finish at 9-7, on the outside looking in at the playoffs. The record after the break was 7-5, but could have been so much better. It ended up being the end for the “Mangenious” as Eric Mangini was relieved of his head coaching duties following the season.

Heck, at least Favre kept his streak going. Please note the sarcasm.