They won and that's really all that matters. At the moment, anyway.
But there's no denying the Jets caught a few breaks, and did just enough on both sides of the ball down the stretch of their thrilling 27-24 win over the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium last night. So while they can be somewhat giddy they're 1-0 heading into Sunday's home matchup with the Jaguars, Rex Ryan understands his team has a lot of work to do.
"We celebrate the victories because they are hard to come by and you have to earn every one of them," Ryan said here at the team's Florham Park, N.J. training facility. "It was good news, bad news. We have some corrections to make, clearly. We have to get better and you give Dallas a lot of credit because they made a lot of plays both offensively and defensively.
"But we made enough plays at the end. Our defense was at its best at the end of the game, in the fourth quarter. But we made some mistakes that [aren't] who we are. That's not who we are."
The Jets surrendered 390 yards of offense to the Cowboys, with 342 of those coming via the air. They had several blown coverages early, allowing tight end Jason Witten to roam free.
"We made the corrections that we had to make," DT Sione Pouha said. "The good thing about it is we made the corrections with a ‘W.' We know that we can do way better in all facets of the defense. Guys are excited to get the corrections done today. We’ve got them all wrapped up, we did our walk-throughs, so that’s all behind us."
The trick now is to make sure they keep something in particular in front of them: the screen game. Dallas was super effective in that department and the Jets know it's something they must correct, otherwise it'll become commonplace against them.
"It's definitely a copycat league," safety Jim Leonhard said, "and the stuff you struggle with the week before or once you get later in the season, everything you struggle with up to that point, teams come back to. And we definitely have a lot of stuff to clean up, but we feel very confident we'll be able to clean these issues up and not have them come forward."