For the first three halves this season, the Jets appeared to be a middling football team. Then they dominated the Patriots for the final 30 minutes of their game in East Rutherford, and suddenly they have their swagger back and a 1-1 record. Don't expect that to be the last shift in mood for a team that could be schizophrenic all season long. But if Mark Sanchez plays without shackles and the defense performs -- both of those things happened last week -- the team, which visits Miami on Sunday night, could be on its way to backing up its Super Bowl-or-bust talk.
Of course, it hasn't been a quiet week off the field for the Jets. Braylon Edwards was arrested for drunk driving. Various people have clamored for the Jets to do more than not start the wideout -- and they may just do that -- but the league's collective bargaining agreement says a player can't be suspended for his first alcohol arrest. Although that seems clearcut, anything is possible. Question the wisdom of having that clause in a CBA -- maybe NFL players should drink and drive less -- but once it's there, it's there.
The Jets will be without cornerback Darrelle Revis, who hurt his hamstring in the first half of last Sunday's win. That means Antonio Cromartie will match up against Brandon Marshall, Miami's most dangerous receiving threat. The Dolphins have started 2-0 at Buffalo and at Minnesota. Their defense has looked stout but their offense has been underwhelming
Can Chad Henne go after the Jets' defense? Can Ronnie Brown run wild? Last season, the Jets got swept by Miami -- once when they were woefully unprepared for the Wildcat offense, and once when their special teams gave up two kickoff returns for touchdowns. So those results were probably a fluke. If all goes according to plan, the Jets should improve to 2-1 and take the catbird seat in the AFC East. But with the Jets, things don't always work out like that.