The Jets face their biggest test of the season when they head to Foxboro Monday night for a showdown with the Patriots.
If the Jets want to win this division and truly put the Patriots in their rear-view mirror, a victory on Monday would be a huge step toward that goal.
The Jets have been here before. Winning in Foxboro in 2008 with Brett Favre, the Jets thought they had passed the Patriots then.
Except that the Jets went on to lose four of their next five games, finishing that season at 9-7 and decidedly out of the playoffs.
Since then, the Pats have reeled off 25 consecutive regular-season home wins, and are in a dead heat with the Jets atop the AFC east.
So the game on Monday is not a "be all, end all," but a Jets victory would put the Jets back in the driver's seat to win their division for the first time since 2002.