The New York Jets were expected to be one of the worst teams in the league this season after purging their roster during the offseason, and weren’t expected to win more than four games. Despite the low expectations, the Jets are now 3-2 and have a share of the AFC East lead, which has improved sportsbook odds for Jets game.
The Jets will put their three game winning streak on the line this week when they host the New England Patriots and will be trying to take the outright lead in the division.
Despite their recent success, the Jets know getting a win against the Patriots won’t be easy, and they will need to play better than they did against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Cornerback Morris Claiborne told reporters that the team has to be clicking on all cylinders if they want to defeat the Patriots.
Claiborne added that the team can’t afford to make the type of mistakes they made against the Browns, and the team will need to keep Tom Brady on the sidelines as much as possible.
In Sunday’s win against the Browns, the Jets were very sloppy. The team managed just 212 total yards against Cleveland, which was their lowest offensive output under Todd Bowles. They also finished the game with only 34 rushing yards.
Cleveland moved the ball well against New York and would have won the game if they didn’t turn the ball over in the red zone in two of their three trips inside the 20. Cleveland also missed two makeable field goals during the game and failed to convert a 4th and 1 inside the Jets five yard line.
Even though they played an ugly game, Bowles and his players were happy to get the win, which was their first road win of the year.
After he was told the Jets were tied for the division lead, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins said he didn’t care if they were tied because they are just five games into the season. He added that there were still a lot of games to be played and if the team wants to be considered a legitimately good team, they have to clean up their mistakes and play much better.
Despite being tied for the division lead, the Jets still aren’t getting the respect they feel they deserve, and likely won’t until they defeat a good team.
Even though a lot of people don’t believe in them, the Jets aren’t bothered and are also gaining a lot of confidence. Claiborne said the team believes in each other and aren’t bothered by what their skeptics are saying, adding that they put in a lot of work that outsiders don’t see.
The Jets were listless in the first half of Sunday’s game, but started turning things around in the second half, doing enough to get the win.
Against the Patriots, the Jets will face the best offense they have played against this season and have to figure out how to slow Tom Brady and the Patriots offense down. Defensively, the Patriots have struggled this season, and the Jets should be able to score on them.
One thing we know for sure is the Jets don’t plan on laying down for anyone.