It’s Tuesday afternoon, and we are nearing the end of our countdown. If you haven’t been following, we have been counting down the top ten moments of the 2013 season for the New York Jets. Most recently, we were at number three, where we talked about the Jets beating the Bills on opening day.
So what is going to be number two? You might be surprised with the answer:
THE JETS FALL TO THE PATRIOTS 13-10 IN SEPTEMBER
It was the first Thursday night game of the season, back on September 12th. The Thursday schedule started with a bang, with our New York Jets taking on the New England Patriots in Foxboro. Geno Smith got the chance to get a very early taste of the heated rivalry, as did Chris Ivory.
At 1-0, could the Jets go into New England and steal one? The weather was rainy, which was set to equalize the passing games a bit. Maybe this was the week that the Jets would overtake the Patriots, setting the stage for 2013.
Unfortunately, the Jets couldn’t pull it off. Geno threw three costly interceptions, and they fell 13-10.
So, why the heck is it on the list?
Because this young Jets’ team showed that they could stay with the Patriots. For most of this game, the Jets actually dominated New England. The Jets posted 318 net yards to 232 for New England. The defense held Tom Brady to under 50% passing. Stevan Ridley was held to 40 yards on the ground.
Tom Brady was out of sync with his wide receivers all game long. It was a very ugly win for the New England Patriots.
The point is, this was a Jets team that was not supposed to be able to stay with ANYBODY in 2013. Many of the “experts” were going to be amazed if the Jets posted four wins. How were they going to be able to stay with the vaunted Patriots? Well, they did it.
And that is why this is number two.