Ever since Rex Ryan took over as head coach of the New York Jets at the outset of the 2009 season, his team has developed the reputation of being road warriors. Including the playoffs, Ryan's Jets teams went 15-7 on the road through two seasons - and four of those 15 road wins came in the post-season, and got the Jets to two straight AFC championship games.
This season, however, the Jets are a disappointing 0-3 on the road, dropping games to Oakland, Baltimore and New England. Is the team seeing a reversal of fortune on the road, or is their winless record merely a function of playing strong opponents?
"I do not think it is a trend," said John Butchko of GangGreenNation.com. "Look at the road games. One was against the Patriots, which is always tough. Another was the aforementioned road game against Baltimore without Nick Mangold. The third loss was at Oakland; that was because the Jets blew some assignments, and the Raiders took advantage by breaking some huge runs. That really was not because of the venue."