As the New York Jets walked out of MetLife Stadium Sunday, they knew they had exceeded everyone’s expectations. With a 5-4 mark, and wins over the New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons and most recently the New Orleans Saints, the Jets have put together a few very nice wins. Now with this week coming up, and the Jets heading into the bye, there are still plenty of things to work on.
With the win, they have put themselves in very good company to make a run at the playoffs. If someone were to describe the roller coaster ride this season has been for the Jets, it would be very hard to wrap one’s head around. That being said, this team has played well when needed on all sides of the ball. The three phases of a football season need to be well synced in order to be successful in today’s NFL, but that being said, the stand out thus far on this team has to be place kicker Nick Folk. Yes, the kicker Nick Folk has a legitimate case to be made for team MVP thus far this season.
Now normally, this would be a rare argument, but after Sunday’s victory, Folk is a perfect 22-for-22 this season. He has made clutch kicks to end two of the Jets’ biggest wins (home vs. New England and in Atlanta on a Monday night). With the streak that Folk is on, it places less stress on rookie QB Geno Smith and allows coach Rex Ryan to stick to his game plan when need be. Every coach loves to have confidence in their kicker. Folk has made a range of kicks from all over the field, and has proven his worth on this Jets team.
Early in training camp, the Jets brought in various place kickers to compete with Folk, but he has persevered with great strides. Now with a week off and a very favorable second-half schedule, it will be very interesting to see what coach Rex Ryan dials up for this Jets squad in order to make a legitimate playoff push.
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