200 Miles From the Citi

October 17, 2010 8:30 PM

On A Roll


I've seen plenty of Jets seasons take a turn for the worse at the hands of the Denver Broncos.

The 2010 season could be remembered for the turn it took Sunday afternoon, in Week 6, against the Denver Broncos.

It's not just that the Jets won to improve to 5-1 heading into their bye week.

It's that they won a game that they had no business winning.

Especially in the final two minutes.

It's hard to win in Denver.

It's hard to win anywhere when you're down to a final play - 4th down within the final two minutes.

I've seen tons of Jets teams that lose that game in that spot.

On Sunday I saw the Jets pull a win out of nowhere.  Losing teams don't do that - teams that are on their way to something better do that.

Losing teams fumble on end arounds on what could be momentum-changing drives.  (Santonio Holmes did that on Sunday.)  Losing teams get called for personal fouls (bad calls, incidentally), then wrongly challenge sideline catches, then give up touchdowns two plays later on a play that should have been challenged (that all happened to the Jets).  Winning teams overcome all of that.  Losing teams don't get the pass interference call on the 2-yard line.  (The Jets did.)

I don't want to hear that it was a cheap win - that games shouldn't hinge on pass interference calls in the final two minutes.  I agree - they shouldn't, unless the contact is blatant.  The Jets manufactured a win - there is nothing wrong with that win.  They made something happen - instead of choking away a fourth down play, they took a chance, and they were rewarded.  They outplayed Denver on that fourth down play, avoiding a sack and drawing a face mask/pass interference penalty on the two-yard line - a play which Santonio Holmes almost came up with despite the interference.

The Jets head into their bye week with the best record in the NFL - and it's well-deserved.  It's kind of where I expected them to be at this point of the year - but I say "kind of" because sometimes I overvalue the teams I root for.  The fact that the Jets are right where they should be is a good sign - they're meeting or exceeding the huge expectations they carried into the season.

And they got to 5-1 on a day their quarterback threw his first two interceptions of the season.

If they can pull out such an exciting win on a day when they were less than perfect...teams had better be scared of what these Jets can do when they bring their A-game.

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