NEW YORK JETS 30
ATLANTA FALCONS 28
Gang Green is 3-2. Say, what?
All the talking heads had them picked as the worst team in the NFL during the preseason. Guess that's why they play the games, as Boomer likes to say.
Not that they looked like the second coming of the Lombardi Packers tonight. But they avoided turnovers, and the D looked stout, and the offense -- unlike the Giants O -- did not shoot itself in the foot. They have a running game. And Geno Smith looked... well, like a promising rookie.
The Jets actually had to win the game twice. With time running out, and Atlanta driving, Rex and the D stopped the Falcons with a great goal line stand, breaking up the fourth down pass. That should have won it right there. But the refs decided to give Atlanta four more downs with a bogus penalty. Given eight downs instead of four, the Falcons scored, as most teams would in that position, leaving the Jets with only a minute. I thought Gang Green had blown it. The slough of despond beckoned. But what the hell, the Rookie moved the Jets right down the field, bing bang boom, and Nick Folk kicked the game winning field goal with 3 seconds left on the clock.
The Jets may not win the Super Bowl. Or even the AFC East. But right now, they sure look like the best team in New York City. And NOBODY saw that coming, least of all me.