Originally posted on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 10/11/13

Something has been a little off sense this season started. Sure, there has been an extra helping of upsets and strange results, but that isn’t quite it either. The most noticeable difference is actually what’s missing, not what’s new. The New York Jets now sit with a 3-2 record after beating the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night. With the win, the Jets stay just a game back of the Patriots in the divisional race, and more importantly, they’re keeping up with the wildcard race as well. After a back-and-forth preseason, the Jets’ decision to start Geno Smith was made for them when Mark Sanchez was lost to injury for the rest of the year. Since that point, the New York circus has left town, and it’s been replaced by a low key, under the radar team that’s winning close games in a quiet fashion. More importantly, there’s been no talk of lost locker rooms, angry players or outrageous trash talk. Going into the season, Rex Ryan was called by some, myself included, a lame-duck head coach. With a new general manager, it seemed likely a poor season would be met with a quick pink slip and an escort to the door. Now, with Ryan’s team winning games, he’s not even on the hot seat radar. All those positive remarks being stated, there’s still room for collapse. The Jets are getting ready to enter their toughest stretch of schedule, highlighted by games against the Patriots, Bengals and Saints over the course of the next month. If, however, the Jets can come out of the next four weeks still in the playoff race, their schedule turns into a favorable factor. In the second half of the season, the Jets will get to play teams such as the Bills, Browns, Panthers and Raiders. Each of those games will be very winnable events, and by winning those games, the Jets could legitimately make a playoff push. So, in hindsight, Rex Ryan may have known what he was doing a little bit more often than we’ve been willing to give him credit for. Still, the season is still young, and there’s plenty of time for a collapse. If, however, the Jets continue to play sound football, don’t be surprised if Rex Ryan makes it through the end of the season with his job status still safe. [follow]

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Green fires back at critics, compares them to ‘bitter females’

The Islanders are wasting a roster spot on Eric Boulton

Ben Foster: PEDs I took to play Lance Armstrong 'definitely damaged' my body

Falcons ‘anticipate’ Julio Jones plays Thursday against Saints

Mets fan critically injured after fight with Dodgers fans

Belichick to Patriots: We’ll ‘win a lot of games’ playing like that


Report: Taylor could be out several weeks with MCL sprain

Richard Jefferson: Cavs 'are a little pissed off' after Finals

Andrew Luck staying quiet on injury, status for Patriots game

Michael Irvin: Cowboys should sign Hardy to long-term deal

Doctors ‘optimistic’ Daniel Fells won’t lose foot to MRSA

Jaguar may have blocked for wrong team due to concussion

Gennady Golovkin vs. David Lemieux is a win for fans, finally

NFL signs deal with TuneIn for live play-by-play broadcasts

NFL won’t allow Williams to wear pink all year to honor late mother

Rudy Gay has great reaction to low ESPN NBA player ranking

What's changed, what hasn't: NBA's Southwest Division

Schools, opposing coaches pay tribute to Steve Spurrier

DeAndre Hopkins on pace to shatter single-season target record

Urban Meyer has interesting response to QB questions

Cardinals, Dodgers hoping short rest leads to longer series

Jason Heyward did a cool thing no one cares about today

Four biggest turning points from Week 5 in the NFL

Seahawks have blown second-most fourth quarter leads since 2012

Olympic failure far outweighs US loss in CONCACAF Cup

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

QUIZ: Every team Steve Spurrier played for, coached

What's changed, what hasn't: NBA's Southwest Division

DeAndre Hopkins on pace to shatter single-season target record

(Mis)handling David Price

Five fantasy things we learned from every NFL Week 5 game

Steve Spurrier: An American original

How the Royals cheated death

Citi Field gave Chase Utley chilly reception

Mike Moustakas fired up Royals with expletive-laced speech

Clayton Kershaw: MLB "bullied" into Chase Utley suspension

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker