Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/9/13
The question isn't whether it's a surprise that, five games into the season, the Jets are a full three wins ahead of the Giants in the insignificant-but-significant two-horse race that is New York football. The question is: Did anyone think that the Jets would be better than the Giants? A single person? Would anybody, in August 2013, have been willing to put down money on the Jets ending the season with a superior record? I'm guessing not. And this isn't through any great sin or ignorance of the football-spectator world-at-large. It's because, at the beginning of the season, the Giants were only one year removed from a Super Bowl win and coming off a disappointing, but still capable, 9-7 season. The Jets, meanwhile, were a spiraling mess, consumed by a quarterback controversy during training camp, freshly without the best defensive player in franchise history, their coach the constant object of criticism. The rest of the roster was a mix of unproven youth -- not exactly a posit...
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