The Jets are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now, after man-handling the Raiders at MetLife Stadium on Sunday in a 34-3 win. They've now won three straight games, and the road actually gets easier when you look at the schedule.
It starts this Sunday with the winless Bengals hosting the Jets, and it's hard not to chalk this one up already as a win the way head coach Adam Gase has his team playing at the moment. Everything is clicking on all sides, while the Bengals have kept things close in their last couple contests, they can't seem to get anything to mesh.
But don't tell Gase -- or this Jets team -- this is an easy win to collect and head home with. They already know Cincinnati is hungry for that winning taste in their mouths, which is why they aren't going into this game with any expectations.
"When we get rolling on Wednesday I expect our guys to be the same that they've been we through the entire year, which is we have a new opponent on Wednesday," Gase told reporters on Monday. "This is a different coaching staff. We have a lot to learn from all three phases as far as what their scheme is going to be, how we're going to play them. It's hard to win an NFL game. Record aside, every game is tough."
That's always a good mindset to hold, one that Gase says his players adopt even through the earlier losses. It's also something that helps them get through the "Same Old Jets" thinking by fans.
History has shown that the Jets somehow string together a loss or two that seems mind-boggling. And this matchup against the Bengals -- or the Dolphins in Week 14 -- would fit that category.
But this isn't the "Same Old Jets," and LB Jordan Jenkins wants people to abandon that thinking.
"A lot of people always try to bring up the past, like, 'Oh, in the past, this happened. In the past that happened,'" he told ESPN's Rich Cimini. "You know what? In the past, half this team wasn't here. Everyone likes to make us pay for the sins of the past. We had nothing to do with it. It's a totally different mentality. We have guys who have bought into doing things the right way."
When Gase took over, the process of getting all 53 men on the same page was going to take time. And it finally looks like they have, especially with the way the offense has been playing of late. Sam Darnold looks more confident than he ever has in the pocket, and the defense continues to play at a high level like they have all season.
So, as long as they keep this play up, there's no reason the Bengals should win on Sunday. But let's not jinx things. Weirder results have been seen -- even more so in Jets history.
Like Jenkins said, though, this isn't those Jets of the past. They'll continue to focus on each opponent, no matter their talent level, one game at a time.