The Jets battled their way through this one after what, objectively, was an awful first half performance. Maybe that will help in the long run, though, because it forced them to play a near-flawless second half in order to win the game.
Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) scrambles as Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Emmanuel Ogbah (90) chases during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
The Browns showed some promise despite being winless and, as the announcers suggested, are a different team with Josh McCown under center. However, the level of opponent for the Jets the rest of the way is still probably going to be tougher every week.
They'll therefore need to play a similar brand of mistake-free football to keep winning and keep the possibility of getting themselves back into postseason contention alive.
Next up for the Jets are the Miami Dolphins, who seem to have found a winning formula after an unimpressive 1-4 start. They beat the Steelers and Bills to go to 3-4, with running back Jay Ajayi running for over 200 yards in each game.
Could this week's bye have quelled their momentum, though?
Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles and New York Jets defensive back Antonio Allen (39) smile following an interception against the Cleveland Browns during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
Prior to their two-game winning streak, Miami's only win was a six-point victory over the Browns and they certainly benefited from Ben Roethlisberger's injury in the win over the Steelers. However, they are 3-1 at home so sure to be a tough proposition.
If the Jets can manage to win again, they'll suddenly be 4-5 and on the edge of being back in the wild card mix. They'll likely need to play better to achieve that, but if they can continue to improve faster than their level of opponent does over the next few weeks, maybe their season isn't as close to being over as we thought.
In this week's BGA, Bent analyzes Week 8 performances by Todd Bowles, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa and the Wide Receivers, Breno Giacomini and the Offensive Line, Leonard Williams, Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson, the team's Defensive Line and Linebackers, and Brandon Marshall and the Special Teams, all which you can read here...