I firmly believe the New York Jets are substantially better than their next five opponents. However, we all know that doesn’t mean anything if they don’t play to their potential and that on any given day, any given NFL team could lose to another. Of their next five games, the most dangerous one is coming up the day after tomorrow.
Thursday night’s game has all the ingredients of let-down for the Jets.
- Hangover from an embarrassing loss to the New England Patriots.
- A ridiculously short turnaround, thanks to a horrible job of scheduling by the league’s office which has the Jets going from a Sunday night game to a Thursday night game where they have to fly cross country.
- A bizarre and unique offense to prepare for, which couldn’t be any further from the offense they played last.
- Playing on the road in a hostile environment against a team who recently clawed back into their divisional race, led by a quarterback who is defying logic by his ability to win football games.
All that being said, if the Jets want to puff out their chest as a serious contender and have any form of pride after the effort they put in front of a national audience only a few days ago, they will respond with a serious beating for the Denver Broncos.
This is as one dimensional as an offense could get. If Rex Ryan and his front seven can’t slow down this offense, there needs to be serious questions about the personnel up front and at linebacker. If Denver scores more than 14 points, than the Jets defense has seriously let them down. On the other side, the Jets offense needs to recognize this and put up the necessary points to win. Denver has an average defense, there is no excuse to have zero first half points and let the Broncos hang around.
The Broncos completed 2 passes last week, 2! If the Jets get up 10-0, what are they going to do? The offense needs to put the pressure on Denver right away to step outside their comfort zone which is when Rex’s defense can really take advantage of such a limited offense.
I can see Thursday going two ways, the Jets are either winning by double digits or losing in an ugly, low-scoring game that is going to sicken all of us beyond belief. Do they want to start building momentum towards the playoffs with a winning streak they should go on? Or, do they want to have to scrap for a 9-7/10-6 record and pray for a few tie-breakers to fall their way?
Let’s hope they show some pride and don’t embarrass themselves for the second time in four days on national television.