There has been a lot of anxiety around Jets Nation these days, and with good reason. Two weeks ago, the Jets lost at home to the 49ers 34-0. They lost their top players on both sides of the football. Mike Tannenbaum and company have persisted in bringing in help that hasn’t had much success around the NFL. Fans of this team have begun to feel hopeless. People even began discussing who the Jets should take with their high first round draft pick next year after this season falls apart.
There’s a saying in sports, that you are never as good as you look when you are winning, and you are never as bad as you look when you are losing. This definitely applies with our 2012 Jets, fans. Fear not, this season is not over yet. Anything can happen, we as Jets fans know this all too well. But, don’t write the Jets season as over yet.
THE JETS PLAYED WELL ON MONDAY NIGHT
Nobody gave the Jets a chance to win the game Monday night. Heck, nobody gave the Jets a chance to be IN the game on Monday night. Most of the talking heads believed that the game would pretty much over by halftime. Jets fans felt the same way, not too many of us were confident about the game. But the team surprised us, keeping this game in doubt into the last three minutes of the night. This was against a Texans team that many regard as the best in football right now, and the Jets stayed with them.
Now, I am not saying it’s a moral victory. There are no moral victories, when you get only 16 chances to get a victory. Like Rex Ryan said, “It’s a wins business”. If you don’t win the football game, it’s not a successful day. But, the team showed that it won’t quit. Many people, a lot of fans included, thought this team was going to fold up and get ready for 2013. Monday night, the Jets clearly showed that is not going to happen, and that is a great sign.
The Jets have a lot of new pieces, especially on offense. That being said, they still put up 17 points against an undefeated football team. Yes, 7 points were on special teams, but the offense was not totally inept, given all of the new pieces. As they work together, they will get better. For the rest of 2012, you will not only see the Jets show heart, it will translate into wins.