Home cash is what the Jets have been enjoying with for the final month.
Alongside the best way to zero-sixteen, they’ve gained two of their first 4 video games and truly put themselves within the early operating as darlings of the NFL with their 38-yr-previous journeyman quarterback, their patchwork receiving corps that was assembled 5 minutes earlier than the season opener and their younger protection led by the 2 rookie safeties and the stout defensive entrance.
The Jets have been predicted to do nothing this season aside from to play simply poorly sufficient to cement themselves into one of many prime picks in subsequent spring’s NFL draft in order that they’d have the decide of the collegiate-quarterback litter.
That each one modifications for the Jets Sunday in Cleveland, the place they play the zero-four Browns and are — ahem — anticipated to win the sport.
Sunday towards the Browns, the Jets will play with their very own cash as a result of they’re alleged to win this recreation. There’s extra to lose now than when, 4 weeks in the past, there was nothing to lose.
The Jets have taken enjoyment of proving all the naysayers improper the final two weeks with house wins over the Dolphins and Jaguars — and justifiably so. After the flood of negativity that engulfed them from outdoors their locker room, the fixed speak of tanking, the gamers ought to enjoy victory and displaying up the know-it-alls.
However now they step outdoors of their consolation zone, a world through which they have been anticipated to fail, and into a brand new actuality. The Vegas line moved to a decide ’em recreation Sunday, which suggests oddsmakers consider they’re higher than Cleveland based mostly on the house workforce getting three factors.
So now what for the Jets?
How will they deal with prosperity?
Will the Jets journey over their heightened expectations and the scrumptious risk of enjoying the Patriots at residence subsequent Sunday, perhaps even for a share of the AFC East lead — a state of affairs that appeared preposterous a month in the past?
The Browns are mired in a historic dropping stretch. They’re zero-four this season, have been 1-15 in 2016 and three-thirteen in 2015. Courting to a Dec. thirteen, 2015, win over the 49ers, the Browns are 1-22. Their beginning quarterback, DeShone Kizer, is studying on the job as a rookie tossed straight to the wolves and has thrown a league-excessive eight interceptions.
The Jets have to go win a recreation they’re presupposed to win. It’ll be new territory for them and, if the mission is completed, an indication that this group is, certainly, rising earlier than our disbelieving eyes.
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