Now? Looks a lot different, with the Jets trying to avoid falling into a pretty serious hole pretty early in the season.
“This game’s everything and the only thing right now – 0-2, it’s not acceptable,” said Dustin Keller, in a quiet moment walking out of the locker room. “We need to go out and give it everything. I promise, I’m gonna give it my all. I’m gonna try and make it my best game, and we’ll see what happens.
“I guarantee we’re gonna be better next week on third down. I take a lot of pride in that. I want that to be a spot where I really step up and make big plays. It’s gonna definitely be better on third down.”
Third down was just one of the Jets’ problems last night. Penalties were a pretty serious issue as well. And lack of offense. And yet, despite all of that, this was still just a one-point loss.
I got all of that in my story from the New Meadowlands Stadium.
Can the Jets rebound? It will most certainly be interesting to see, with this Sunday’s game a pretty compelling matchup.
The Jets still have the look — if they can erase the mental lapses of last night — of a smothering defense. The special teams were pretty good last night, too, and that was a pretty good team they were playing.
But the Jets seem to get the message that all that won’t matter if they get to 0-2. So if you’re the Patriots, a pretty desperate opponent should be expected.
New England can bury its rival in a pretty serious hole with a win Sunday, and test its resolve Sunday, and New York knows it.
“The one thing about this week is that you don’t have much time,” said Jets tackle Damien Woody, a former Patriot with two Super Bowl rings himself. “You have a day off tomorrow and then we’re back to work on Wednesday and play a game on Sunday. It’s gonna be paramount for us to get freshened up, any bumps and bruises we got, watching some film if we can, but more importantly start getting ready for New England.
“I keep saying, this is a divisional opponent. This game is really important.”