After the Jets defeated the Patriots in Week Two, the NFL was put on notice that this team could not be overlooked.
With a well-coached defense and a risk-averse rookie quarterback, the Jets appeared serious contenders to the AFC East throne.
The Jets have cooled over the past few weeks, however.
Despite a dominant rushing game, featuring Thomas Jones and now rookie Shonn Greene, the team has lost two of its last three. Mark Sanchez has looked human in that span, and the defense was not as incredibly disruptive as it had been earlier.
Nevertheless, the Jets still pose a legitimate threat to the Patriots when the two play again in Week 11.
The defense remains the key ingredient to this team's success. With their exotic blitzes, they seem to be able to get into almost any quarterback's head, throwing the entire offense out of whack.
Tom Brady was legitimately flustered the last time the two played and the Pats know they must protect him.