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The Cheat Sheet: Jets think they're tough -- and they are

October 15, 2010


After a big buildup that was only magnified by being featured in HBO's ''Hard Knocks,'' the New York Jets looked like they were going to crumble under the weight of coach Rex Ryan's bravado.

The Jets not only lost their opener to the Baltimore Ravens, they also lost nose tackle Kris Jenkins to a season-ending knee injury on the sixth play of the game. With Mark Sanchez looking totally lost (10-for-21 for 74 yards, 56.4 passer rating) and the New England Patriots up next, many of those waiting for the Jets to fail were celebrating early.


A meeting of the minds



Time: 3:05 p.m., Ch. 2. Line: Jets by 3. Total: 41. Records (overall/ATS): Jets 4-1/4-1; Broncos 2-3/2-3.

Too early, it looks like.

In the four weeks since the opening loss, Ryan, Sanchez and the Jets have shown they're as tough as they think. And maybe as good.

The Jets have beaten the Patriots (28-14), Dolphins (31-23) and Bills (38-14) on the road and the Vikings (29-20) on Monday night at the New Meadowlands. They've won. They've covered. They've beaten Randy Moss as a Patriot and a Viking.

Following the lead of their brash coach, the Jets have a mental toughness that has to be respected. They win on the road. They win marquee games. They win after marquee games. They're 7-1 ATS in their last eight road games, including two playoff wins last year.

So a road game on a short week after a marquee game is a challenge they can handle.

Pick: Jets 30, Broncos 17.

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