The team that held a news conference with more than 80 media-credentialed reporters for the arrival of their backup quarterback in March? The one that green-lit ESPN coming down for an entire week of training camp in August? The team that Fireman Ed — the franchise’s unofficial team mascot — abandoned via an op-ed in a New York City newspaper after Week 12? Those Jets? Well, don’t look now, but they’re currently winners of two straight games, three out of their past four, and are — somehow — just one game out of the crowded AFC playoff picture. As Mark Sanchez said, with little irony in his tone on Sunday, the Jets have “caught fire.” I know, I’ve been the biggest “Jets hater” all season. I thought they should have “J-E-T-S — Just Ended the Season” back in July. But looking at the next three weeks, I may have to change my tune. Yes, folks, the Jets could be a playoff team. This year.
So the past two wins haven’t been exactly aesthetically pleasing. A 7-6 win over the Ryan Lindley-led Arizona Cardinals in which Mark Sanchez threw three first-half interceptions wasn’t one for the highlight reel. Sunday’s 17-10 win over the hapless Jaguars wasn’t pretty, either. The Jags were down to their third- and fourth-string running backs, their most dangerous wide receiver was out for the game and Jacksonville was just 2-10 entering the contest. But it doesn’t matter in the win and loss columns.
Does the fact that the Jets have beaten only one team — the 9-4 Indianapolis Colts — with a winning record this season take anything away from their 6-7 record? No. Do unsightly quarterback play, questionable play-calling and an overall appearanc