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Are Jets legit playoff contenders?
Each week, we get a different set of New York Jets. One game, they're beating the New England Patriots. The next, they're losing by 40 to the Cincinnati Bengals. Then, Sunday, they win 26-20 over the New Orleans Saints -- whose only previous loss all season came against those same New England Patriots. Add it all up, and Rex Ryan's team is 5-4, alternating victories and defeats in each of the first nine weeks. Which means ... we don't know. Are the men in green for real? And what to make of New Orleans (now 6-2)?
Jets for real? Pats in trouble?
They needed extra time and some extra yards -- courtesy of a bizarre and unexpected penalty against Chris Jones -- but the New York Jets topped the rival New England Patriots 30-27 on Sunday. This came despite the return of Rob Gronkowski, who excelled (eight catches for 114 yards). But it wasn't enough, with Tom Brady failing to throw a touchdown pass and the rash of injuries to the New England defense clearly showing. What's next for these two teams?
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NFL Week 7 -- Patriots at Jets
Finally, an easy one for the New England Patriots. Except ... a few weeks back, the New York Jets looked more like a rival than a doormat in a 13-10 Patriots home win. In other words, it's hard to know what to expect from Rex Ryan's team, which has been intermittently good and bad in a 3-3 start. Meanwhile, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady's crew is coming off a comeback win over the New Orleans Saints, one that has fans thinking Super Bowl (if they can get the Rob Gronkowski injury thing sorted, of course).
Are Jets for real? Are Falcons done?
That was unexpected. Sure, the New York Jets entered "Monday Night Football" with a better record than the host Atlanta Falcons, but ... come on. These were the Falcons, they of a 13-3 record a season ago and, you know, a real quarterback. But wait -- rookie Geno Smith and Rex Ryan's crew outplayed Matt Ryan & Co. in a 30-28 last-second win. Now Atlanta is 1-4 and really on the outside of things. The Jets? They're 3-2, and -- dare we say it? -- hanging around the (early) playoff hunt.