Originally Posted by Beerfish
The jets were fabulously lucky to be 8-8 last year. Dallas gave us a game, Buffalo dropped an easy td pass to beat us we should have lost to the chargers. The Jets were very very lucky to be 8-5 before the collapse. Now I don't share Banks's lack of enthusiasm but I don;t see how anyone cannot share the media and the rest of the leagues though that our offense potentially blows.
The Jets weren't lucky or unlucky last year.
We were +14 in point differential and finished 8-8. That's how it's supposed to work.
The Dolphins were +16 and finished 6-10. They were very unlucky.
The Broncos were -81 and finished 8-8. They were one of the luckiest teams in NFL history.
Also very lucky? The Oakland Raiders. -74 in point differential, but finished 8-8.
The 5-11 Redskins were -79
The 4-12 Browns were -89
The 5-11 Jaguars were -86
That's where the Broncos and Raiders should have finished. The Broncos won 3 overtime games and 3 more games by 4 points or less. They won 1 game all year by more than a touchdown. That's some extreme luck.
The Jets were an inconsistent team. We won 5 games by more than 2 touchdowns. We lost 4 games by more than 2 touchdowns.
We were 2-2 in games decided by 4 points or less. We recovered an abnormally low % of fumbles. We had an abnormally high number of our offensive turnovers returned for touchdowns. Opposing FG kickers didn't miss a kick against us all year. That's the bad luck.
The good luck came against the Cowboys and the Bills.
Why should the Chargers have won that game? We outgained them by more than 50 yards, had 9 more first downs, and turnovers were even.