It’s gut-check time for the New York Jets. For a very long time now, the New England Patriots have dominated the AFC East, and well, the JEts. It’s time for Gang Green to make a statement that they’re true underdogs that can keep up with anyone.
The New York Jets have always been a franchise that brought joy, pain, heartache, misery, sadness, and embarrassment to fans all across the globe. Yeah, their fans are some of the most loyal ones you’ll find in sports but at the end of the day, they historically have come up short when it comes to moments like they’re about to encounter in Week 6 of the regular season.
That’s right ladies and gentlemen, Week 6 brings a familiar foe to MetLife Stadium in an epic AFC East showdown. The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are coming to town and all week long have said the right things about this matchup. There hasn’t been a single quote or statement to encourage bulletin-board material by either team.
There is a lot of respect coming to the Jets as everyone who wrote them off for the season before it even began are wondering just how far this team can go in 2017. They were slated to go winless but that spot has been firmly held by the Cleveland Browns. They were said to have the worst quarterback situation in the NFL yet quarterback Josh McCown has played some consistent and successful football from under center.
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They also said that the Patriots would continue being a team that dominates and obliterates any team standing in front of them. The crazy thing is, this NFL season has brought a lot of surprises, huge injuries, and some amazing stories. The Jets have a better record at this point in time than teams that were in the NFL Playoffs last season.
All of that doesn’t really matter though, in the grand scheme of things. Time and time again, the Jets have been manhandled by the Patriots to the point of no control. Quarterback Tom Brady has always had major success against the Jets as year in, year out, he always ends up being one step ahead and ultimately leaves these division rivalry games victorious.
Something is very different about this year’s Jets, however. These players are all unified in one common goal of doing whatever it takes to win football games. These players are upset at critics and analysts that have claimed they would “tank” the season for next year’s draft. These very same players are sick and tired of the Patriots this and Patriots that.
The time is now for them to collectively make a statement. Forget the past, don’t worry about the future, just focus on what is in front of you. The Jets have the talent, leadership, and players necessary to pull off the biggest upset of Week 6 with a win over the Patriots. It’s not going to be easy but if it’s one thing any football fan should know about the Jets is that they’re slowly but surely becoming a better football team on a weekly basis. They play with pride and a sense of urgency that was sorely missing last season.
The Patriots haven’t been playing good as of late and their overall defense is their weakest point of the team. The offense of the Jets has been playing well as of late but playing well isn’t going to cut it against the Patriots. It’s time these players send a loud statement to the NFL that they mean business and put on an absolute clinic to silence all their critics once and for all.
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Trust me when I say, over the past few weeks I’ve seen this team pick themselves up after a defeat and play harder than the week before. I’ve seen this team step up and rise to the occasion to improve as a cohesive unit. Best of all, this team has what it takes to beat the Patriots in front of their home crowd. All it takes is that same motivation that has fueled them at the start of the season and remembering that even the Patriots have weaknesses just like everyone else that they can exploit.
It’s time to make a statement and prove that the Jets can and will be contenders this season. It all starts now by beating the Patriots and just like they’ve been doing so far, heading on to the next team.