Entering to Week 12, the Jets were 5-5 and looked like they were going to remain at .500 for the entire season. However, Ryan Fitzpatrick decided to trim his iconic beard and evidently lifted the Jets to a win over the Dolphins. It turned the season around and started a five-game winning streak that got the Jets to 10-5 before they ultimately lost in Week 17, ending their run.
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Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brandon Marshall were brought in this season and were expected to have somewhat of an impact on the offense. Incredibly, though, they both had record-breaking seasons and were the most important pieces of the Jets’ run late in the year. It was amazing to watch how these two veterans revived their careers in New York.
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One of the Jets’ biggest wins came in Week 13 over the Giants, thanks to this amazing game-tying touchdown grab by Brandon Marshall in the end zone. The catch sent the game to overtime, where the Jets earned a much-needed victory.
The Jets’ worst loss came in the season finale when they were eliminated from playoff contention by Rex Ryan and the Bills. A win would have gotten them into the postseason, but Ryan had other plans for his former team. It’s a loss that will sting for players and fans for quite a while.
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Without Brandon Marshall, there’s no telling where the Jets would have been. He led the offense vocally and with his performance throughout the season, particularly down the stretch. He finished the year with 109 catches for 1,502 yards and tied for the league-lead with 14 touchdown receptions.
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Best offseason acquisition
It was back in March that the Jets acquired Brandon Marshall for a measly fifth-round pick. Needless to say, that deal worked out better for the Jets than it did for the Bears as New York got a stud receiver for a late pick. Without him on offense, Fitzpatrick and company wouldn't have had the season they did.
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Ryan Fitzpatrick is the biggest surprise for two reasons — his play and his situation. Fitzpatrick entered the season as a backup quarterback but a locker room fight landed Geno Smith on the bench with a broken jaw. Fitzpatrick stepped in admirably and led the Jets to a 10-6 record.
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Along with Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie was brought over in free agency on a fairly expensive contract. He didn’t meet expectations as the team’s No. 2 cornerback and struggled throughout the season. He failed to record a single interception and was consistently beat by opposing receivers in single coverage.