The New York Jets enter their Week 2 matchup with the Cleveland Browns in must-win mode.
The New York Jets want to get where the New England Patriots are, entering a football season as the world champions. Well, in order to get there they must win games like the ones they enter in on Sunday.
It doesn’t have to be a blowout, because the game is in Cleveland, and it’s tough to win on the road, even against a team as bad as the Browns. However, in order to build toward something, teams should beat teams that they are superior to, and the Jets have superior talent.
If you were to rank the rosters in terms of best players in this game, the Jets would probably have nine out of the first ten players. With that said, the young players shouldn’t take this game lightly, because it’s another NFL team they’re taking on.
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This young team needs to develop good habits. Taking another NFL team lightly is not a good one to develop, and they need urgency in this game like they had against the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars.
They’ve taken incremental steps toward improvement in the last two weeks. Against the Dolphins, they showed they have the talent to take the best player out of a game and force the hand of their opponents. Against the Jaguars, they showed they can face adversity and overcome it to win. Now they must show they can beat teams they should beat.
The NFL isn’t college football. There are no style points here. You don’t have to win by a lot, a win is a win, period.
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This is a statement game for the young players. A win will show the league not to take them lightly. Say what you will about the Browns, but for the future of this team, and building the right foundation, the Jets must win!