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A Win is a Win

A win is a win. And any win is better than a loss.

Still... it is hard to get to excited about the Jets' victory yesterday.

They beat the Cleveland Browns. The hapless, winless Cleveland Browns, who are clearly the worst team in the NFL this season, stumbling ahead toward next year's number one draft choice.

They barely beat the hapless, winless Cleveland Browns. In fact, they were losing for much of the game. Gang Green came out sleepwalking, and snoozed through the entire first half, allowing the Browns to run up a 20 - 7 lead. The offense was asleep, the defense was asleep, and Fitz was just awful.

They woke up in the second half, hallelujah, and scored 24 unanswered points to take the lead. Then, with the game seemingly in hand, they went back to sleep again in the final two minutes, to let Cleveland score a late TD and a 2-point conversion, so the whole thing came down to an onsides kick. Final score 31-28.

It was ugly and it was sloppy and it was way too close. A win, sure, but not one for a Jets fan to feel very good about. If the Jets are only twelve seconds and three points better than the Browns, it is hard to imagine they are going anywhere this year.

But at least it wasn't a loss.

(The Giants had a bye)



Caleb Howell
Oct. 31st, 2016 06:06 pm (UTC)
MY barely clinging to life New Orleans Saints SOMEHOW managed to beat the Seahawks, the world follows no order and chaos is the hook it hangs its hat upon.

Edited at 2016-10-31 06:07 pm (UTC)
Nov. 1st, 2016 02:22 am (UTC)
#go Hawks
Boo sir. Boo.
Andy Marinkovich
Oct. 31st, 2016 06:09 pm (UTC)
Cleveland Browns not the worst
Even though the Cleveland Browns have the worst record they are not the worst team in the NFL. That dishonor belongs to the San Francisco 49ers. At least the Browns have some talented players. The Niners are awful in every which way, from player personnel to coaching and, worst of all, lousy ownership. They are in for a long period of decline and frustration for their fan base, of which I am one. Sad days for 49ers fans.
Oct. 31st, 2016 06:15 pm (UTC)
I think you can feel better about putting your hopes on the Giants' season than the Jets'. The Giants are a legit playoff contender (though that's looking more and more likely to be a wild card berth, considering how ludicrously well Dallas is doing right now). It's always nice when your team wins, but that niceness is blunted by the knowledge that said team is not a realistic super bowl contender. I should know.
Oct. 31st, 2016 06:46 pm (UTC)
It's hard to understand sometimes how teams can spend so much money and yet still somehow get almost everything wrong year after year.
Oct. 31st, 2016 07:16 pm (UTC)
Life is bland and full of meh?
Oct. 31st, 2016 07:25 pm (UTC)
Close Ones
Good news the Falcons win a close one - bad news the Cowpunks won a close one...and London gets a tie.

I'd switched over to the Strain season finale feeling Eagles had game in hand only to come back to a Cowchip overtime win. Quarterback controversy on the way for Bid-D. They have 2QBs while Jets may have none - not fair. (I thought you might have to put the Jet offense on a milk carton till the second half. First half: Walking Dead rerun (hey they have a Walking Dead Kingdom now with "knights" on horse back fighting "wights" and a leader with a big animal - they are stealing your stick.))

Looks like another big year for Pats - but what else is new...

Meanwhile back in Westeros...


Oct. 31st, 2016 09:17 pm (UTC)
Well, to try and be a bit fair, the Jets went up against second stringer/former starter for the Browns, Josh McCown, who is not terrible, I suppose. He's not some fifth string Browns QB that's really a wide receiver, but played QB in high school at least. But yeah, I don't know how you give a double digit lead to the Browns (Ravens did it too, if I recall correctly).

My wife keeps joking that last year, the Cavs brought a championship to Cleveland, this year, it's looking like the Indians might win it all, and so next year, the Browns win it all. It never fails to get a good chuckle out of me. Of course, I have no room to talk as a Bucs fan. We couldn't even beat the Raiders when they spotted us over 200 yards in penalties.
Jason Halverson
Oct. 31st, 2016 10:03 pm (UTC)
loss vs win
Or a tie...
Oct. 31st, 2016 11:00 pm (UTC)
Believe in The Beard....
They got a 2 game winning streak. "If you believe in FitzMagic 2.0" they will keep winning terribly. Brandon Marshall got himself a t-shirt with that indelible catch phrase so how could things not turnaround.
Keri Dipietrantonio
Oct. 31st, 2016 11:24 pm (UTC)
Sorry george
You still have 2 games with the pats coming up.Stick with the Giants this year.
Dan Koifman
Nov. 1st, 2016 12:53 am (UTC)
My 34 years on this planet have taught me that The Greens only win in fiction.

But even then, both Aegon II and Rhaenyra died.
Maximilian Rubell
Nov. 1st, 2016 06:16 am (UTC)
To be honest, I don't know if "A win is a win" is the way I experience it.

Like many Jets fans, last year I fell under the spell of this teams' winning record. But after this year's cascade of miseries, I decided to look closer at last year. It appears that, with small exception, all of our wins came against teams with losing records. We played poorly against teams with winning records. Fitz threw so many interceptibles that were not intercepted. Our adjustments were absent, our clock management perplexing, and our defensive scheme weak against strong offenses. Last year's schedule left us with an inflated sense of victory.

As a result of this inflated sense of victory, the management and coaches made questionable off-season decisions. Re-signing Fitzpatrick because of "chemistry". Not addressing our clunky defensive scheme. Continuing to play our 3-4 defensive ends as 4-3 pass rushers, positions they are not physically built for. Replacing Ivory with a very different sort of running back, but then playing him as if he were a bruiser like Ivory. Through both questionable action and willful inaction we did not address any of our issues from the previous year.

Here is my concern for the rest of the season: I'm sure we will tally up many wins against teams with losing records, and, given what happened over the off-season, I'm sure the coaching staff will pat themselves on the back and not address many of the issues apparent in the first six games. Maybe we will even squeeze out one win against the Patriots. Soon the first six games will just be a distant memory.

It's hard for me to celebrate a win like this when it just looks like we're moving closer towards that fate. I would celebrate our win against the Browns if Fitz made better decisions, our scheme seemed less wonky, our secondary more effective (the interceptions we made were almost entirely the fault of McCown), our playcalling less conservative, and our star Cornerback more effortful. But it was a game we probably would have lost to most other teams.

Edited at 2016-11-01 06:18 am (UTC)
Nov. 1st, 2016 09:16 am (UTC)
A Win is a Win
Well, at least the Patriots had a sound win ;)
(I still love you George, even if you hate my team and I'm no fan of yours)

Jess Dyba
Nov. 1st, 2016 02:58 pm (UTC)
How bout them Cowboys?
Looking like the class of the NFC East, if not the entire NFC.

Cowboys-Patriots superbowl?
Nov. 1st, 2016 06:01 pm (UTC)
Re: How bout them Cowboys?
That would be the SuperBowl from hell. I'd have to root for an asteroid to strike the field.
Jimmy Potter
Nov. 2nd, 2016 10:22 am (UTC)
Re: How bout them Cowboys?
You know the last time you finished a book the Giants went on to beat the Patriots in a Superbowl. Ofcourse I was near the front of the first stop of that book's tour wearing a Tom Brady jersey...
Nov. 1st, 2016 03:02 pm (UTC)
Get ready for Sunday when the Giants face the young up and coming QB Carson Wentz and the Eagles. The only thing you do not have to fear is our sorry set of receivers. :(
Thomas Harney
Nov. 1st, 2016 03:38 pm (UTC)
How dare you
Fitzmagic is just warming up!
Stephen Richter
Nov. 2nd, 2016 03:35 am (UTC)
re: Collins Trade
I still can figure out the trade. Unless it was a message to everyone ending their contract to sign for the offer or end up in Cleveland
Josh Spooner
Nov. 2nd, 2016 10:23 am (UTC)
O QB where art thou?
The last time the Jets had a decent QB I think Herm Edwards was the coach and Chad Pennington's shoulder hadn't fallen off yet.
Nov. 2nd, 2016 12:58 pm (UTC)
Bowles' Job Security
Is this Todd Bowles' last year coaching the Jets?


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