Don't pass on the Jets
They're having an up-and-down year, but you don't want to face the Jets in the playoffs
If you took the first seven weeks of the NFL season as a measuring device on where your team really stands in the overall picture, it'd be hard to blame New York Jets fans for not knowing where to line up the needle.
At 4-3, they've been fortunate to pull off a pair of key wins -- one over Dallas, the other on Sunday against San Diego -- and a three-game losing stretch seemed to re-emphasize many of the worst fears that this team was actually regressing. Is the defense losing its steam? Is QB Mark Sanchez not improving? Is coach Rex Ryan's bravado hollow?
But with the win over San Diego, in a game that for a while seemed lost, the Jets reminded once again why they can be a terrifying team to face if they can get into the playoffs.
This is a league dominated by great quarterbacking. And the teams that have reached the Super Bowl in recent years prove that point. But while the Jets aren't yet great, they can, more than any team right now, take down great quarterbacks. And their ability to do that, through a mix of great scheming and significant talent, makes them a contender. The win over the Chargers told the story once again.
For a step-by-step look at how the Jets' defense is a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks to figure out, you must be an ESPN Insider.
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