The Jets easily could be 5-3 right now.
“It’s huge for us,” tight end Dustin Keller said of Sunday’s OT win over the Lions. “If you come off the bye week losing two in a row that just kills you.”
Thanks to a two-minute offense flawlessly executed by quarterback Mark Sanchez -- and a little bit of luck in the form of a questionable call by Detroit coach Jim Schwartz -- the Jets don’t have to worry about that. The Patriots’ loss to Eric Mangini’s Browns Sunday gives the 6-2 Jets the top spot in the AFC East. The funny thing is, they're not even playing up to their abilities.
“Us being 6-2 right now, it’s great,” said cornerback Darrelle Revis. “But I don’t think we’ve played our best football yet. Even the last game, yesterday’s game, we made a lot of mistakes. We have to clean things up. Also, we’ve got to be more consistent in what we do on both sides of the ball and I think the best is yet to come.”
Center Nick Mangold said he’s happy with his team’s record, but he’s more focused on closing out the season on a high note.
“It doesn’t really matter too much right now where we’re at,” he said. “It’s going to more matter where we finish. And I think guys really grasp hold of that and are getting ready for the next step in that whole process.”