Lets look at this in quarters of total seasons from 09 to 11. 16 games in a season, 4 quarters of a year, 3 years = 12 total quarters.
At 15 weeks into the 2009 season the Jets were 7-7 and needed help to get into the playoffs and caught some breaks and got in. Then they played good ball essential using the playoffs as a brand new lease on life getting to the AFCC before losing.
-2009 Q1 = .750, Q2 = .250, Q3 = .500, Q4 = .750
At 12 weeks into the 2010 season the Jets were 9-2 before finishing by losing 3 of the last 5 and riding the first half success into the playoffs, again kudos to the Jets for using the playoffs as a new lease on life and playing solid ball before getting bounced in the AFCC.
-2010 Q1 = .750, Q2 = .750, Q3 = .750 and Q4 = .500In 2011 the Jets played Q1 = .500 Q2 = .750 Q3 = .500 and Q4 = .250
This is clearly not the play of an elite football team, they played up past their potential when making the playoffs but the fact of the matter is still the same, in 09 they needed help and played two teams in the final weeks who rested starters, in 2010 they rode the first half success and in 2011 they were widely inconsistent.
Out of the 12 total quarters over the past three years the Jets have had six at .750, four at .500 and two at .250 now compare that to the Patriots who have played one quarter at .250 and one quarter of .500 ball the rest are all .750 and above.