The New York Jets thought they clinched their first 2020 on Monday Night Football against the New England Patriots. But as they tend to do, they found a way to lose. The Pats continued their winning streak against the hapless Jets. But just how long has that streak been going on? Let’s look at this one-sided rivalry and how long it’s been since the Jets’ last victory.
The state of both the Patriots and Jets in 2020
Right now, things don’t look good for either team. The Patriots are struggling face the prospect of their first losing record in over two decades. Without Tom Brady at the helm and with a banged-up Cam Newton not playing as well as he has in the past, the team is clearly in a state of transition.
This may be the biggest challenge of Bill Belichick’s career. For the first time since his first season with the team, his back is against the wall. He’s not only going to miss the playoffs, but his team won’t even finish over .500. Pats fans have to be glued to the edge of their seat to see if he can turn them around. If he can, he truly is the greatest coach of all time.
As bad as the Pats have been this year, their ineptitude can’t hold a candle to the Jets. The Jets have yet to win a game this season and look almost likely to go 0-16. While the Jets have been a disaster in every facet of the game for the better part of a decade, right now they’re particularly bad thanks to head coach Adam Gase.
While he’s dealing with suboptimal talent, Gase has shown little ability to motivate the players he does have or get the most out of a mediocre-at-best roster of talent. It’s only a matter of time until he’s fired and the team moves on from underwhelming 2018 first-round draft pick Sam Darnold.
The Patriots-Jets rivalry
The Patriots have dominated their rivalry with the Jets, but the two teams do have a history. In the mid-’90s, Pats coach Bill Parcells left New England, frustrated over owner Robert Kraft’s refusal to give him control over personnel. He then violated his contract and went to the Jets in an advisory capacity. Eventually, he became the head coach after New York sent compensatory draft picks to New England.
Kraft learned his lesson when he stole the longtime Parcells assistant Belichick on board to coach his team. This was after Parcells stepped down and Belichick was named coach of the Jets for a matter of hours before he resigned. He gave Belichick total control, and the then-beleaguered head coach turned New England into a dynasty. He’s won six Super Bowls since then.
Rex Ryan came on as head coach of the Jets and got them to two straight AFC title games in 2009-2010. Ryan enjoyed poking Belichick, but the stern New England coach never really humored Ryan’s trash talk. Despite Ryan’s bluster, they were never able to do what New England did, which was win a Super Bowl.
When was the last time the New York Jets beat the New England Patriots
The Pats aren’t great this year, but they’re coming off a historic run of playoff appearances. Because of this, they haven’t lost to the Jets in a long time: 2015 to be exact, reports the Football Database. Will that run end any time soon? It’s possible this season. While the Jets blew their first shot, the law of averages would dictate that they’ll win a game at some point in 2020.
The Patriots aren’t exactly setting the world on fire either, so an upset is possible. Still, it wouldn’t be a smart bet. The Patriots have dominated the Jets for quite a long time, and it may not end any time soon.