Should New York Jets Fans Be Worried These Are the Same Old Jets

Chris LeydenCorrespondent IIJanuary 17, 2011

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Mark Sanchez #6 and LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the New York Jets celebrate after the Jets defeated the Patriots 28 to 21 in their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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New York Jets fans know the story too well. The team gets your hopes up with a big win, just to turn around and crush those hopes the next week or season.

Most Jets fans have come to almost expect this from the team after suffering from year after year of disappointment.

The biggest problem is that the Jets show such promise, be it a successful season or a win over a top team, really making believers out of everyone. And then, in typical Jets fashion, they go on to lose to a team like the Bills.

After the Jets' big, and I mean really big win over the Patriots on Sunday night, the first thought that crossed my mind was "are the Jets just getting our hopes up to crush them again".

Then Rex Ryan used the words "same old Jets" in his press conference following the game, only he said this time they are going to win.

Ryan was alluding to how the same old Jets have made it to the AFC Championship game in back-to-back years, but just the phrase made me grimace and worry about what lies ahead for the Jets faithful.

After beating the Patriots, most Jets fans had to feel as though this team could go all the way. I had a friend text me as the Jets took the final knee saying "we are going to the ... Super Bowl." The Jets fan that I am replied, "If they play like this we are not going, we are winning."

But wouldn't it be just like the Jets to follow up a beautiful performance with a dud in Pittsburgh? As much as I want to see the Jets win, a small part of me worries for that heartbreaker in typical Jets fashion.

There are encouraging signs that these are not the same old Jets, like the fact that they beat the Colts and then followed that up with a win in New England. The problem with this is that the Jets were supposed to lose to the Pats, so of course, they would win. Now people are going to pick the Jets to win, a classic time for them to fail.

I personally think the Jets can and will win, but not until that clock hits zero will I be sure that we are not dealing with the "same old Jets."