They've been knocked down, downright embarrassed in their past two games.
The Jets are spiraling in the wrong direction, losing two straight on the heels of their three-game winning streak, and have fallen out of contention for the AFC East division title. But the Jets don't think they're out of the playoff hunt just yet.
In fact, they seemed supremely confident they can still make a push and eventually punch their postseason ticket.
"Yeah, we can," Rex Ryan said this afternoon. "This league will show you. Anytime you think something is a certainty or whatever, it really isn’t. I don’t know how many wins we have to get or whatever, but certainly we are right there lumped in with a bunch of teams fighting for playoff spots. Absolutely, we can make a run."
Brandon Moore concurs.
"We were written off when we had the three game losing streak," the veteran right guard said. "It’s a long season. It has peaks, it has valleys. We’re in a valley right now and I know it sounds simple and cliché, but we’re going to have to get better until the end and win our next game. It’s as simple as that. I think our confidence is fine.
"Guys understand we have the playmakers in here, we have talent to win ball games on a consistent level. We just have to be able to do it during the course of the week and prove it on Sundays."
The Jets enter today's action tied with three other teams at 5-5, and that includes the team they'll host at MetLife Stadium on Sunday: the Bills. Denver, which holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Jets by virtue of Thursday night's 17-13 win, and Tennessee are also one game behind the Bengals (6-4) for the final wild-card berth.
Ryan's crew would probably have to win all six of their remaining contests to have a legit shot at making the postseason, an accomplishment Ryan thinks can be done.
"In my opinion, we have a kind of team that can get hot," Ryan said. "That’s been the biggest problem that I see, is we’ve been inconsistent in all three phases, and we have yet to put together a great game where we’ve played consistently in all areas. Even our special teams, which is an outstanding unit, we’ve turned the ball over four times on special teams and that doesn’t help you.
"Defensively, you play great for 57 minutes or whatever it was and then give up a drive. Our standards are higher than that. We’re better than that. Then offensively, it’s the same thing. Sometimes we look like a million dollars, sometimes we look like $75,000, sometimes we look like nothing. I just think that if we are consistent and believe we can be, that we’ll be right there in the end."