One would think that the bye week coming after a big win would disrupt momentum. Sunday’s home victory against the New Orleans Saints surprised New York Jets fans while elevating their team to 5-4. So far in 2013 Gang Green has alternated wins and losses for what has become somewhat frustrating.
One week they look awesome as they did against the New England Patriots only to lose by 40 to Andy Dalton’s Cincinnati Bengals the next. This pattern could be broken by some time off. There are some areas where consistency could help improvement occur quickly. Muhammad Wilkerson is emerging as one of football’s best pass rushers. Quinton Coples has also helped when it comes to pressuring opposing quarterbacks. They are much better at creating havoc than last year, but Dalton still tore them up. Making signal callers panic becomes even more vital because the secondary play remains questionable. Although rookie corner Dee Milliner played better against New Orleans, one solid game does not make up for earlier struggles. Maybe his health has improved, however, which would really help. Antonio Cromartie remains his team’s most consistent option at cornerback but needs to stop getting burned by fast receivers. Safety play can improve too as Antonio Allen and Dewan Landry possess potential to both be solid.
Although New York’s talent restrictions at receiver have been well documented over these past two seasons reasons for hope arrive when they return along with missing weapons Santonio Holmes, Jeff Cumberland, and Kellen Winslow. These players will bring added explosiveness to New York’s offense. A healthy Jets team coupled with Geno Smith consistently cutting down turnovers could make this franchise a quiet threat in the AFC.