ISN’T THIS WHERE WE EXPECTED THE JETS TO BE?
Forgetting all that has happened so far, think about the Jets schedule all by itself. Looking at the first five weeks, the Jets had the Bills, Dolphins, Steelers, 49ers, and Texans. Despite the Jets lofty goals, didn’t we realistically expect the Jets to come out of this stretch 2-3. The Jets play well against young quarterbacks, so they beat Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins. The Jets are a better team than the Bills, the Jets won. Honestly, even with Revis and Holmes, the Texans, 49ers, and Steelers are all better than the Jets. Was it really a stretch to see the Jets lose to all of these teams?
Taking what we have viewed with our eyes out of the equation, and just look at it on paper, the Jets are exactly where we expected them to be at this point. Despite the under performing defense, the less than potent offense, and the injuries, the Jets are exactly where we expected them to be after five weeks.
We can’t be overly upset about that.
THE SCHEDULE GETS BETTER
After this rough patch at the beginning of the season, the Jets run into a soft patch in the schedule over the next five weeks. These are the next five opponents for the Jets: Colts, Patriots, Dolphins, Seahawks, and Rams.
The Jets have always played well against rookie quarterbacks. In this upcoming stretch, the Jets face three, Andrew Luck, Ryan Tannehill, and Russell Wilson. The Jets face an old friend when they face Brian Schottenheimer and the Rams. They also bring a young quarterback in Sam Bradford. Obviously we won’t assume a win against Brady up in New England, but it is not unreasonable that the Jets win 4 out of 5 of these games.
That would put the Jets at 6-4 for the stretch run, which is a position I think that we all would sign up for.
Fear not, Jets fans, stay positive. The team is going to be OK.