For the second week in a row the Jets had to erase a second half deficit against a semmingly inferior opponent before pulling out a victory, as rookie linebacker Jonathan Vilma's interception of a Tim Rattay pass sealed a 22-14 win over the visiting San Francisco 49ers in East Rutherford yesterday to set a franchise record with a 5-0 start.
As the Jets trailed 14-3 in the first half as the Niners had just scored on two consecutive possessions, defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson left his skybox booth for the sole purpose of confronting his players. Shortly into the second half, it appeared to have worked.
As the Jets head into New England for a Sunday showdown of unbeatens with the Patriots (winners of 20 consecutive games), no one in Green looks to be giving the Pats any new outrageous "guarantee" or "overrated" quotes for bulletin board material.
"They won't answer your questions," Edwards said in a postgame press conference. "They've been told. I'm not kidding. They're gonna enjoy what they did today. These guys did something that's never been done in this organization. That's important. Tomorrow has enough problems as it is. Don't worry about tomorrow. Live for today. They're gonna live for today. You can ask 'em if you want, but you're wasting your time."
But Gothamist and everyone else knows that the hype on this one cannot be ignored.
A must read for football fans in the world's biggest metropolis (sorry, Mexico City), the NYT ran an article late last week on the Jets' unique situation of the franchise playing in a stadium it doesn't own, in a state it doesn't practice in and before a fan base that is mostly imported in on game day. It leaves little doubt why most Jets fans agree that the team needs its own stadium; the only real issue being the location of such a place.