The Jets somehow pulled out an 18-17 win in the season-opener Sunday, outlasting a talented but inconsistent Buccaneers squad at MetLife Stadium.
Does this team have enough though to topple a juggernaut like the Patriots?
Possibly. Their offense may not be the best in the game, but, as Steve DeOssie noted, their quarterback was pretty impressive in his first start.
"They have absolutely nobody in the running back position that can get them the yards that they were getting in the past from Greene and Tomlinson and some of these other guys that they had," DeOssie said. "In this situation they have no choice but to rely on the rookie and he acquitted himself fairly well last week throwing for over 250 yards, 63 percent completions. All of that is fine."
Under Rex Ryan, offense has not been of too much importance for the Jets. The progeny of the man who assembled and implemented the 46 defense with the Chicago Bears in the mid-1980s is, unsurprisingly, known as something of a defensive wizard.
Ryan has been known for his aggressive work on that side of the ball, especially when it comes to blitzing.
And that might be the key against a team like the Patriots.
"They're playing a team that is completely depleted on offense. What would I do if I'm on the Jets? I would bring the heat," Fred Smerlas said. "Make Tom Brady make a quick decision because now those receivers have to make those adjustments and they're not going to be able to do that."
The Jets clearly have the opportunity to get by the Patriots if they can put together the right game plan and the execution is sound.
But will it all come together?
DeOssie, for one, is sticking with the Patriots for now.
"Home team benefits. You're in your own bed at night, you're sitting there, you're working out, you're playing in your home park where you know that you've got home-field advantage," DeOssie said. "Just the fact that you don't have to travel, even though it's just a quick trip up from New York you don't have to travel. You're better off in that situation."