Last week on Monday Night Football, the New York Jets pulled off quite an upset by defeating the Atlanta Falcons. Despite entering with a superior record, this victory was important. Geno Smith looked like he made a great improvement over his previous outing with three touchdowns. Their stable of running backs each took a chance in making their impact.
Yet another Stephen Hill sighting helped Smith engineer his third game-winning drive. Now expectations have risen for this seemingly lowly franchise entering 2013. Rex Ryan is a great defensive game planner while trying to keep his job at head coach, and blitzes are not needed as much because the natural pass rush now exists for the team.
Suddenly, everyone no longer views this franchise as a joke, although a great portion of the schedule remains interesting. Penalties and turnovers plagued Gang Green, but if these mistakes are kept under control, then maybe results will continue to improve from 2012’s record of 6-10.
For the sake of head coach Ryan, this better be the case in Week 6. Even though recent times suggest that next opponent, the Pittsburg Steelers, have enjoyed better results, current circumstances say New York should walk out of Met Life Stadium sporting their first win streak this year.
It would be just like the Jets though to enter their home arena and suffer a letdown. Ryan said such disappointment would not happen. Next week against the New England Patriots offers the Jets a division showdown where they can’t look ahead. Knowing that, Ryan needs them to rally every game so they will win.