Why Haven’t the Jets Been Able to Put Together a Winning Streak?

By Alan Schechter

Sep 12, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; New York Jets tackle D

At 4-3, the New York Jets have been far better than most have expected them to be. Heck, if a New York team was to be 1-6 at this point in the season, it was supposed to be the Jets, not the Giants. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, you never know in this league.

To take the next step, the Jets need to put together a winning streak. 8-8 is not going to get you anywhere. So far, the Jets have not been able to package two wins in a row. Why not? Here is Willie Colon’s take on it:

I think it’s just a lack of detail. I think coming off wins, we’re excited, we’re happy, obviously. I think we just have to have a little more focus in practice. (We need to) have a better understanding it’s just a win, good teams stack wins. Our preparation is huge going into another week.

Geno Smith talked about it as well when he spoke with the media:

I don’t know what you can attribute it too. Our week of preparation leading up to all the losses that we’ve had has been great. We felt confident about them. We went in with the mindset that we were going to win. I think it’s just a testament to the type of league we have. We went up against a tough Steelers team, and (even) with the record they had, they’re never one of those teams you can just book a win in for. You have to go out there and you have (to) compete, and that’s for every single game. I just think you have to continue to focus, especially this week. I want to challenge the guys to focus a bit more and a bit extra because we do have to put together some back-to-back wins.

It is going to be a tall order for the Jets to win a second in row come Sunday. The Bengals have grown into a tough little team. As the week progresses, we will talk more about how the Jets can get it done on Sunday.