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December 24, 2008, 7:33 am

Jets Were One of the Luckiest Teams

For those who missed it, Greg Bishop answered readers’ questions (and a few rantings) about the Jets on Tuesday night.

I enjoyed this exchange:
Doc from Monticello: What has happened inside the clubhouse?

Greg Bishop: The Jets signed every member of last season’s Mets bullpen.

And then this question, “If the Jets were a tree, what kind of tree do you think they’d be?”
For the answer to that and all the others, go to this post.

Meanwhile …. We all know it’s better to be lucky than good, and we all know the Jets haven’t been either lately. But according to one statistical Web site, the Jets have been lucky to get even this far.
Advanced NFL Stats ran the numbers and concluded that the Jets were one of the luckiest teams in the league through Week 15.
In retrospect, this seems reasonable. The Jets were probably never as good as we thought they were — the road victories against the Titans and the Patriots seem to be outliers (maybe more like mirages).


So far this year, the luckiest teams are the Jets, Patriots, Titans, Bills, Broncos and Vikings. Basically, these teams have 2 or more wins more than their stats suggest they should have.

On the other side of the coin are the Packers, the Chargers, the Saints, and the Chiefs. Of particular interest are the Lions, who are on the verge of the first 0-16 season. Normally, a team with their stats would have won a game or two by now.

Then this:

Looking back at 2007’s luckiest/unluckiest teams, one thing stood out as most remarkable. Last year Green Bay was the #1 luckiest team while the Jets were near the bottom at #31.

So the Packers were lucky last year and unlucky this year, and the Jets were unlucky last year and lucky this year? Does this have anything to do with Brett Favre?

Read the full entry , and good luck to all this holiday season.


  1. 1. December 24, 2008 11:15 pm Link

    JP Losman says there was nothing lucky about anything the Jets have done… Nothing at all.

    Dick Jauron agrees. It was all skill.

    — JessF
  2. 2. December 25, 2008 7:02 am Link

    The Jets luck you don´t want. It will be lucky if the Bills beat the Patriots and the Ravens loose. It´s not a given they will
    beat Miami either. The Jets have more work to do and can start looking at draft picks.

    — Mike Turbeville
  3. 3. December 25, 2008 9:08 am Link

    I read the link and totally disagree with the assessment of the author; to disregard Special Teams in his assessment destroys any credibility for his argument.
    I enjoyed the sarcasm in the remark that the Jets signed the Mets Bullpen; however it did make me think and in my opinion Special Teams are the equivalent of a Baseball team’s Bullpen.
    Although, I am a Giants fan; whenever they score I always wonder how far the receiving team is going to advance Carney’s short kickoff’s. Although I realize that the more you kick off the more you have scored, but unless you are always scoring touchdowns, poor kickoffs lead to great field position and a too much pressure on your defense. If I were to pick one area that will hurt the Giants chances of repeating I am betting this area of Special Team play will be it.

    — JimK

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