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    NOT the same old Jets

    October 25, 2006 -- THIS is the spot where your father's Jets made such an annoying habit of falling flat on their facemasks - when a little bit of prosperity crept into their lives.

    That's what makes this such a compelling week for Eric Mangini's Jets.

    These Jets, with their 4-3 start, have forced themselves into the conversation as one of the big stories in the NFL. They've already equaled their win total from a year ago. They've won two in a row since being waxed 41-0 by the Jaguars. Their quarterback is the leading candidate for Comeback Player of the Year. They have infused some dynamic young talent onto the roster.

    Now they play the 1-5 Browns. A layup for the Jets, right?

    Well, if you base your perceptions on the Jets' history, this would qualify as a danger game, one they'd lose because they were supposed to win.

    But the guess here is Mangini will have them prepared for the pitfalls that have swallowed past Jet squads. The guess here is the Jets go into Cleveland and take care of business, winning with little doubt as opposed to playing cautiously against what is definitely a wounded animal.

    "How will we handle success?" Jet guard Pete Kendall asked. "We've responded well to adversity on a couple of occasions. Let's see how we handle success."

    The Jets' pattern this season has been to take care of teams they're supposed to beat - Titans, Bills, Dolphins, Lions. The Browns represent the third consecutive one-win team the Jets have played. Don't penalize the Jets for that. You play who's on your schedule.

    Asked how significant being 5-3 at the midway point would be, Kendall said: "Considering that's the best we can be at this point, it's very important."

    Kendall, who's been stung in his career by underachieving losses, threw caution to the locker room when he pointed out some of the upsets from Sunday.

    "Look at Houston giving Jacksonville fits and Jacksonville ran us out of the gym," he said. "You know the saying, 'On any given Sunday...' One thing this team can't afford to do is to be looking at that schedule and saying, 'This one, this one, this one.' Our approach has been to go week to week. And it's worked."

    Chad Pennington said he didn't think looking ahead would be possible under Mangini.

    "I don't think [Mangini] will allow us to do that, and I don't think the players would do that," the QB said. "Hopefully we can get to 5-3 after a two-game losing streak [to the Colts and Jaguars] and put together a three-game winning streak. That would be huge."

    It would be huge because, after the bye week next week, the Jets face the 5-1 Patriots in New England and the 6-0 Bears at home. The Jets haven't beaten a team with a winning record. That's why it's so critical for them to beat the teams they're supposed to beat.

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    Jet rookie RB Leon Washington, who rushed for 129 yards and two TDs on 20 carries Sunday, has been nominated for two honors - the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Player of the Week and the Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week.

    Fans can vote for Washington on Fedexfootball.com from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Thursday. They can also vote on NFL.com until Thursday.


    This article was done by Mark Cannizaro (I think he posts here?) Great job Mark Any you took my exact words from yesterday!

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    I guess a positive thread gets no love

    c'mom jets fans, its OK to feel good !

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    Quote Originally Posted by samwise
    I guess a positive thread gets no love

    c'mom jets fans, its OK to feel good !
    You got it Sam

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    I'm feeling good about this season......(so far)..


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