NY Jets head coach Robert Saleh began collecting receipts before the 2022 season even started when Vegas oddsmakers gave the Jets a preseason over/under win total of 5.5 games.
It's Week 9 and the Jets have already hit the over following their thrilling 20-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. And considering the Jets were 11.5-point underdogs in this game, it's safe to say that Vegas has lost a lot of money on Gang Green this year.
The Jets became the first team to surpass their preseason win prediction this week, evidence of how much this team has overachieved this season. That's a credit to both the roster that Joe Douglas has constructed and the team's coaching staff.
At 6-3 entering the bye week, the Jets are tied for the most wins in the AFC and are fresh off a victory over perhaps the NFL's best and most complete team. They've already exceeded expectations.
The NY Jets continue to prove their doubters wrong
Few people expected the Jets to be a competitive football team this year, and given their recent history, skepticism was warranted. After all, this is a Jets team that won just six games over the last two years combined.
Through nine weeks, they've already matched that total.
Every step of the way the Jets have proved that they belong in the playoff conversation. Whether it was their 40-17 blowout win over the Miami Dolphins, their 27-10 dismantling of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, or this past Sunday's stunning victory, the Jets have proven themselves time and time again.
This is a playoff-caliber roster. If they receive even average quarterback play, this Jets team can go places. We're talking about a potential run in the playoffs, not just a participation trophy.
Robert Saleh deserves Coach of the Year consideration. Joe Douglas probably deserves to be in the Executive of the Year conversation. The Jets are stunning the NFL world.
But if you ask them, Sunday was just another notch in their belt. Winning has become the norm.