There are different types of cryptic conditions. *Certain mysteries may appear wearing the friendly guise of a pleasant surprise. And if a condition, or occurrence, proves itself to be positive, certain inscrutable elements can be overlooked.

For instance, the Jets are 7-2. Hardly a shock, considering the roster is overflowing with talent and experience. But the path they traversed to reach this current perch has been filled with sudden, inexplicable turns.

These unexpected twists have landed New York in a favorable position, rendering the detours exciting. It was baffling when the Detroit Lions totally outplayed the Jets for three quarters and change,...