It was a disappointing loss yesterday in New England. The Jets had all the chances in the world to win the football game, but in the end couldn’t do it. Whenever your team can win a game that they don’t, it hurts. However, around 24 hours since the game has ended, it becomes an opportunity to look at the positive signs. Those signs point to the Jets having a good second half of the season.
The Jets lost their best players on both sides of the football, Darrelle Revis and Santonio Holmes, in back to back weeks. They could have packed it away and started getting ready for next year, but they didn’t do that. They played well in two games that they had a chance to win, and won one game convincingly. They are, instead of packing it in, figuring out how to play without these guys.
The offense has gotten the running game moving, at least somewhat. They had a decent game against a top run defense in New England, and ran the ball down the throats of the Colts. They have been in position to win all 3 of the games since they played the 49ers. The defense has begun a youth movement. Demario Davis played in over 90% of the defensive snaps on Sunday against New England. Antonio Cromartie has become a shut down corner, filling in for Darrelle Revis admirably. When they haven’t won, the defense has kept them in the games.
Both units are learning to play together, and they are improving at doing it. They will continue to get better for the rest of the season, and they are coming into a softer section of the schedule. It all bodes well for a strong second half of the season.