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Is winning now a loss in the long run for the Jets?

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 01: Robby Anderson #11 of the New York Jets celebrates after making a catch against the Jacksonville Jaguars during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 1, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 01: Robby Anderson #11 of the New York Jets celebrates after making a catch against the Jacksonville Jaguars during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 1, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Winning fixes everything but when it comes to a young team like the New York Jets rebuilding, it might hinder an even brighter future.

The New York Jets added a second victory to their 2017 win column on Sunday, defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars 23-20 in OT. The win came as quite a surprise as the Jaguars came into the game riding a dominant victory over Baltimore the week before, and the Jets have been looked at as a team aiming to tank.

With that being said, could this victory for the Green & White be a loss in the long term?

Well yes, and no.

It can be odd to root against your team winning. Witnessing poor athleticism along with a handful of blowout losses can make for a long year, but the gamble for future endeavors may be worth it in the eyes of some.

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That’s why, in those same eyes, the Jets latest win could truly be a loss. While the future is never guaranteed, the Jets winning is giving them a better chance at being nothing more than mediocre in the seasons to come. Winning simply means earning a later draft pick, and a lesser shot at landing a potential franchise player.

But on the flip side, the Jets winning in a season where there was a legitimate shot at them going 0-16 is exciting to watch.

A young and inexperienced team earning wins can only act as a set of building blocks for the future. While they learn and improve their game and skills, they also take in the aroma of the NFL and evaluate the weaknesses of their opponents, something that helps teams, such as the New England Patriots, continue to be dominant in this league.

Watching Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye develop into a threatening secondary is certainly not a loss for this team and its fans. At the same time, witnessing a veteran quarterback see success with a mediocre roster helps younger players learn how to attack their own positions in hopes for a successful career.

An offense that has been engulfed in veteran play throughout the past couple of seasons is finally getting to see their time as well. Young players such as Robby Anderson and Elijah McGuire are making names for themselves after taking a back seat in previous matchups, and they’re making the most of it.

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So while the Jets continue to avoid the tanking rumors, they also put themselves in a tough spot down the road. With each win, they continue to lose their shot at a player that could potentially make this team a powerhouse for years to come, but they also build experience in a league that teams rarely find success in out of the blue.

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