Probably not. But I'm not a football coach and I'm also definitely not as smart as Bill Belichick.
Thanks to a win by the Baltimore Ravens and a rare mental mistake by the New England Patriots, if the Jets go into Buffalo and win, they are in the NFL Playoffs.
Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Jets on a five play, 80 yard drive concluding in a 6 yard Eric Decker touchdown catch to give NY a 26-20 win.
Brady isn't wrong about the sputtering offense, but New England had just driven down the field to tie it. Perhaps the Jets defense was wearing down or New England had found a formula for success. The Jets coverage unit is notoriously slow, often not even in the picture at the moment of the returner's catch.
Bill Belichick still doesn't get what the big deal is. Losing an overtime game without ever putting the ball in Tom Brady's hands reminds me of all the baseball managers who hold out their closer for a save situation, and end up losing without ever putting their best reliever on the mound.
The Steelers were on a roll and looked to many like the one team that could storm into Gillette Stadium in January and snuff the Patriots' bid to win back-to-back Super Bowls.
"The only confusion was whether or not we got to choose which direction we get to kick the ball".
So, basically, Belichick chose to kick because if he'd picked a goal to defend the Jets could have then chosen to kick.
Trump took issue with Clinton's statement on Sunday's Fox and Friends as well, telling the hosts, "She's got to be careful, you know". The Patriots can't run the ball consistently.
On the Jets' final drive in regulation Enunwa failed to snare a catchable Fitzpatrick bomb on a crucial third down. Bilal Powell ran all over the Patriots (8 yards per carry) and Brandon Marshall had his way with the Patriots secondary (8 receptions for 115 yards).
The referee confirmed with Belichick after the coin toss that he got what he wanted it, and Belichick said he said he had. By telling Blakeman that the Patriots wanted to kick, Slater forfeited the ability to choose which end of the field to defend. It appeared as if Slater was arguing with Blakeman after Blakeman declared the Patriots would kick off.
Jets coach Todd Bowles claims he wasn't surprised by Belichick's decision.
Keshawn Martin was the Patriots leading receiver with seven catches for 68 yards.
Chiefs (10-4). They certainly are hot, with nine straight wins.
But Belichick tends to think outside the box. Still, it requires the defense of the team that kicked to avoid giving up a touchdown.
Against the Jets, Belichick emptied the playbook. It would be very Jets-like to play up to the talent of New England, and then lose to a struggling Bills team.
Then Brady veered a bit, saying, "If we just get our guys, everyone out there and practice together and see what we're made of, I think that will be a great thing". The Patriots had already secured a first-round bye. "It's really more a field-position consideration".
Jamie Collins' 14-yard fumble return on a third-quarter sack of Fitzpatrick by Jabaal Sheard made it 17-13. NY led New England 10-3 at halftime. That completion was only Fitzpatrick's fourth in 26 attempts this season that traveled at least 30 yards in the air, according to ESPN.com. It's nearly like the coaches are intentionally handcuffing this offense so as not to give too much away heading into the playoffs.
Instead, a chain reaction of unorthodox decisions, confusion over the rulebook and bad defense left Tom Brady stranded on the sideline in overtime and kept the top seed up for grabs.