It has been a mere formality for months, but yesterday’s loss combined with other Week 11 results officially eliminated the New York Jets from Playoff contention in 2020.
The Jets have been eliminated from playoff contention with their loss and the Colts win.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 23, 2020
Since 1990 (in terms of weeks), Week 11 is the earliest the Jets have been eliminated from playoff contention. Their previous earliest elimination came in Week 12 in 1996 and 2014. pic.twitter.com/BFFWDiQ2WH
Not surprisingly the Jets are the first team officially eliminated from the postseason race this year. We knew this was coming. A win yesterday would have only delayed the inevitable for a week.
It has now been ten years since the Jets last made the Playoffs. That was Rex Ryan’s second season where the team made it to the AFC Championship Game before losing to the Steelers.
Only two teams have had longer waits between postseason appearances. Those teams are Cleveland and Tampa Bay, both of whom are in position to end those droughts in 2020. If so, the Jets would be left with the longest run of futility in the NFL.
With the Jets at the bottom of the NFL, the question is how long it will take to see another postseason berth.