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This has been a rough year for the Jets, taking a daily beating in the newspapers for the perceived "circus" atmosphere in Florham Park. Before the season, ESPN named them the single-worst team in the NFL.
The Jets earned some respect after their 2-2 start, but no one was quite ready to take them seriously until they came up big against a quality opponent (on the road, no less) on the national stage.
Now, sitting at 3-2 after beating the mighty Atlanta Falcons in their own building, there are a lot of critics who owe Rex Ryan and his team an apology for grossly underestimating their ability.
The Jets are not just winning because of a few late-game throws from Geno Smith. They are proving to the football world that they have a lot more talent than anyone thought, even if most of those players are not on any fantasy football rosters.
While it is still early in the season and plenty could go wrong between now and the end of December, the Jets have proved that they are not just content to play out a rebuilding year—they intend on being relevant late into the season and in the playoff picture.
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