What a win. To swing fifteen rounds with the Falcons the way Rex and Geno’s Jets did last night has to give any diehard the hope that John Idzik’s train is moving in the right direction.Now for a sobering truth. This franchise has shocked the world many times before. It’s the game following the upset that often bites the New York Jets.
There have too many instances in Jet history of, and we hate to call it this, the “trap game.” With the 0-4 Steelers on their way to Met Life and the 4-1 Pats on deck in what could be a game for first place, it would be hard not to call it such.
Here’s the fear. The Jets ride too high for too long this week. They talk too much about what the experts predicted for this team early on. Then, as the week turns to the weekend, some look too far ahead to their hated rivals from Foxboro.
These young Jets are, as Rex Ryan calls them, “fearless.” Yet, they must also be smart and learn from their own past as an organization. Ryan included.
After all, the last time the Jets won an enormous “us against the world” road game, it was up in Foxboro when they eliminated the Pats in the playoffs. As they are now, the Steelers were waiting. A three score deficit, borne out of the mental hangover of a gigantic win one week prior, was the main culprit.
Ryan has to make sure that everyone knows there is no “game before the big game”. They are all big games. Things can look like Nashville as quickly as they can Atlanta on Monday Night. It all has to do with being mindful at all times and taking nothing for granted. Everything is earned in this league.
Play desperate next Sunday and every Sunday from here on out. It’s the only way. No excess back slapping. Overlook no one. The Steelers benefitted from the sleepy Jets last time and wound up in the Super Bowl. Tell the team why Rex. Be honest.