This was the high mark of the Rex Ryan era. As we look back, if any team was going to fulfill his promise of a Super Bowl, this was going to be the team. Once the holdout of Darrelle Revis ended, anyway. Or so we thought.
Well the season started out that way as the Jets went 5-1 before the break. They were flying high. Coming out of the break they stayed on and through 12 weeks of the season they sported a 9-2 record. Remember that? Didn’t it seem like the sky was the limit? However, the winning slowed down the stretch as the Jets lost three out of their final five to end the season with an 11-5 record.
They got close once again, with exciting wins over the Colts and the Patriots in the first two rounds of the playoffs. It came down to another heavyweight bout for the AFC Championship, this time against the Pittsburgh Steelers. They fell behind in the first half and the score was just too out of hand. A valiant comeback ended with a Steelers 24-19 victory and a trip to the Super Bowl. We all thought we would be back.
As far as the bye week is concerned, the Jets record was 6-4 after the break.