The Jets are undefeated, which at the moment is insignificant. But really, given all the predictions of doom and gloom, some people probably thought they wouldn't even end up with one preseason win.
They did, but it wasn't pretty (7-3 over the Tennessee Titans at home last Saturday), and they barely answered any of the many, many major question marks surrounding their season and long-term future. Maybe their game in Detroit against the Lions on Saturday night will provide a few more clues about the direction they're headed.
In the meantime, here are five things worth watching at Ford Field tonight:
1.Will the Jets loosen the reins on Christian Hackenberg? He was … efficient in the first game, completing 72 percent of his passes (18 of 25) for 127 yards with no interceptions (or touchdowns). Given how bad he was last summer, it was a huge improvement. But the Jets didn't ask him to do much. He threw almost all short, high-percentage passes that barely kept the offense moving. Even "game manager" quarterbacks throughout NFL history cringed.
The Jets say there were bigger throws designed, but that Hackenberg correctly checked down to safer ones. OK, maybe. I didn't see those opportunities until later in the game (and he misfired on most of his few downfield throws). But Hackenberg still has to show he can move the offense at some point because completing 75 percent of his passes without any scoring drives won't do.
He'll probably get another two quarters against the Lions. Hopefully the Jets will let him air it out a bit.
2.Robby Anderson and his quest to prove he's a No. 1 - The second-year pro earned a lot of praise for catching three passes for 71 yards in the opener. Of course, 53 yards came on one catch. It was a difficult catch, but he made the play with his speed, which we all knew he had.
The issue with Anderson is his slight build (6-3, 190) and how he'll fare matched up against the top cornerbacks on each team when he's got to fight through press coverage and make the tough catch with a corner draped all over him. He's got the speed to get behind the defense, but that won't always help against the top corners in the league.
He did have a nice week of practice following the preseason opener. He still needs to prove he can do more.
3.The kicking battle - The fight between Chandler Catanzaro and Ross Martin is about as even as possible. That was clear on Wednesday when both went 6 for 6 in practice, including 57-yard kicks. Catanzaro had the only attempt in the preseason opener and he was wide left on a 55-yarder.
The Jets aren't going to make a decision on one low percentage preseason kick. Martin has been better in camp overall, but the coaching staff sure hopes they'll both get a couple of opportunities in the second and third preseason games.
4.The Bilal Powell-led rushing attack - The Jets averaged 1.8 yards per rush in the preseason opener and their running backs gained a total of 47 yards. A lot of that had to do with the Jets being forced to start rookie Elijah McGuire (six carries, seven yards) because of injuries to veterans Matt Forte and Powell. Forte is still out with a hamstring injury, but Powell is expected to play in Detroit.
He was more efficient and, arguably, better than Forte last season. He'll probably play into the second quarter against the Lions. Can he give the rushing attack a boost and would a strong showing help convince the coaches he was underused last season? If the Jets can't improve the rushing attack with Powell, watch the focus shift to the offensive line next week.
5.The outside linebacker competition - A surprise injury to rookie linebacker Dylan Donahue kept him out of the opener, but he should be back and might get a great chance to make an impact with Lorenzo Mauldin (back) likely to sit this one out. It's also an opportunity for Josh Martin and Freddie Bishop to prove they deserve more playing time over Mauldin, a disappointing former third-round pick.