The New York Jets took care of business at home this week against the Washington Redskins. A dominant second half led to a 34-20 victory at Met Life Stadium. Significant for many reasons, one being the Jets had never defeated the Redskins at home in their franchises existence (0-4 all time). More importantly, it moved the Jets to 4-1 overall and only a half game behind the New England Patriots atop the AFC East. The Jets defense has quietly and I repeat “quietly” dominated mostly every opponent they have played this year. Contrary to the blustery and boastful regime that was here prior to the arrival of Todd Bowles, they have done it without bragging, talking, or arrogance. They just seem to be playing hard and being a “quiet storm”. But the biggest road block for the franchise over the past 15 years is coming next Sunday in the form of Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and the New England Patriots. And this will be a major test, but I am sure if you told most people in the Jets organization that in week 7 you will head up to Foxboro, at 4-1 and playing for first place, they would have signed up in a heartbeat.

The Todd Bowles Watch:
1. We talked about the 14 penalties in London. With a bye week and time to correct the flaws, the Jets committed one penalty on Sunday against Washington.
2. Once again the team, trailing at half 13-10 came out with amazing second half adjustments. Bowles mixed up the blitz packages, but more importantly went to a ground attack of protecting the ball until the quick hitting passes were more open and this led to dominating the second half. It’s becoming a pattern for the team, and a good one. The Jets are the only team in the NFL to not allow a third quarter point this year.
3. Goal line stands- Another developing pattern is that when you get inside the 5 on the Jets, it is not easy to cross that goal line. They always seem to force third downs in this spot or even get off the field with a turnover or a fourth down stop.

1. With the game tied at 10-10 late in the first half, the Jets had a 2nd down and 3 on the opponent’s 38 yard line. They decided to throw on back to back downs and an interception ensued on 3rd and 3. This was bad play calling, and led to a 13-10 deficit at the half, in a spot where they should have been controlling the clock to endure the consecutive possession at the end of the first half and start of second half, since the Jets were receiving the ball in the 3rd quarter.
2. The late blocked punt was inexcusable. It was a total blown up blocking scheme.
3. Three turnovers- The demise of this team (and most teams) will be putting the ball on the ground and throwing interceptions. This defense is legit, and the only way to mess it up is short fields and easy scores.

But with that being said it’s on to New England, in a battle for first place early in the year. This will be a real test for the defense, and it will also be Todd Bowles introduction into the belly of the beast that has won this Division 11 of the last 12 years. The Jets roll in at 4-1 and as 9 point underdogs, let it fly Todd.

– Rob DiToma