They also have an excellent chance of improving their image of their football team around the league. The Jets are not looked at too kindly around the league, both by other teams and by the experts. The Jets have been looked at as a “circus” for quite some time, especially since the end of the 2011 season. They didn’t help that perception when they brought in Tim Tebow, whether you are a fan of his or not. No matter which side you come out of that debate, the fact that remains that the Jets are not looked at as a serious football team around the sport. A win on Sunday can do a lot to change that perceptions.
A win Sunday can set the Jets up for a strong run to Decemeber as well. After Sunday, the Jets host the Dolphins, go on the road to face the Seahawks and Rams, come home for the Patriots and Cardinals, then go to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars. Let’s say the Jets win on Sunday, making their record 4-3. The Jets always play well against young quarterbacks, so you have to feel good about the Dolphins, Seahawks, Rams, and Jaguars. The Cardinals are a team the Jets can beat, and if they have already beaten the Pats on the road, you have to give them a chane to beat them at home. It’s not impossible that the Jets could make a run to 9-4 if they win on Sunday, maybe even 10-3.
If the lose, the Jets will move along with no confidence, and a beaten Jets team never performs well. At best, they could be headed to an 8-8 season with a loss on Sunday.
The Jets can make a statement to everyone on Sunday. The time is now.