Well, you have to admit… The Jets looked pretty decent on their first offensive series. That’s the greatest variable in all of this—whether the Jets can mount a serious attack on offense—and at least on the first series, Mark Sanchez and co. looked pretty competent, notching a few first downs, and getting into field goal range.
But that means nothing, of course. Haven’t you heard? NOBODY makes field goals in the postseason. From Yahoo! Sports’ Shutdown Corner:
Kickers are making 57.7 percent of their attempts in the playoffs, down from 81.3 percent in the regular season. That’s a remarkable plummet. The stock market looks at that drop and says, “Wow, that’s harsh.” So far, the field goal percentage of all kickers in the playoffs is worse than that of the worst team in the regular season.
The Tampa Bay Bucs made 16-of-26 field goal attempts this season. Right now, playoff kickers are 15-of-26.
It’s not just that a bad batch of field goal kickers made it to the playoffs, either. I checked. As it turns out, it’s a better than average group of field goal kickers. Again, the entire NFL converted 81.3 percent of all field goals this year, and the gentlemen who kicked into the postseason made 85.2 of their field goals.
And today, Jay Feely continued the trend. Despite a perfect set-up from the shaky Jets offense, Feely’s 44-yard field goal sailed wide, and the Jets’ surprise drive yielded nothing.