The Jets have won quite a few games over the last two seasons, but, as Sunday night's win against the Cowboys illustrated, they usually don't make it all that easy.
All the last-minute hijinx have been a lot of fun, although mixing in an easy victory now and again wouldn't make anyone start to question their decision to become a Jets fan. It might even strengthen it, what with all the swaggering bravado coming from Rex Ryan and his players.
This week offers up a pretty good chance for just such a victory. The Jaguars roll into town with journeyman Luke McCown quarterbacking an offense with gimpy Maurice Jones-Drew at running back, while defensive end Aaron Kampman will miss the game thanks to a knee injury and tight end Marcedes Lewis might not be able to play with an injury of his own.
All those injuries will obviously leave the Jags shorthanded for the game, something that might lead the Jets to overlook their adversaries from Florida. Thanks to wide receiver Jason Hill, that shouldn't be a problem.
Hill decided to give the Jets some bulletin board material leading up to the game, even though he is listed as doubtful for the game itself thanks to a hip injury.
"I think sometimes they get overhyped," Hill said. “I talked to Drew Coleman, Drew played there. He says it’s just the aura of New York. They got a big media. That’s not the Jacksonville paper, that’s the big New York Times paper so they get more pub. That’s what it is. It’s a game that we all play. He been playing the game, Revis, just as long as I’ve been playing. This is a game full of good players making plays. He just made a lot more plays on TV than we’ve made being here in Jacksonville. He’s a good player. We respect him. Hopefully he respects us because we’re going to bring it just like they’re going to bring it."
Revis responded by wondering just who Hill was and Ryan laughed when told that a player unlikely to play decided to throw down the gauntlet in that fashion. Hill might be way out of his depth making comments like that, but he certainly isn't the only person who has wondered whether or not the Jets are blessed with as much substance as they are style.
Sunday is a perfect chance for them to prove that they have plenty of both. A dominant performance would quiet many of the doubts raised by the shaky opener against the Cowboys and send a pretty clear message that the Jets are not going to let bad teams hang around the way that they did last season.
Maybe the Jets will like winning easily so much that they make a habit of it. You never know until you try, right?