Time for Jets to start delivering
As exciting as the opening weekend was in the NFL - with the usual mix of dazzling performances, upsets and controversy - we should try not to read too much into the first round of games.
If the Week One action was truly indicative of what is going to happen for the rest of the season, we would likely see the Super Bowl playoffs take place in January without fancied teams such as the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers, Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys.
I do not think that will be the case.
Sure, all those clubs lost in Week One and were disappointing, but they have more than enough talent on their rosters to turn things around and they certainly won't be hitting the panic button just yet.
The New York Jets' Rex Ryan is one of the most outspoken and funniest head coaches in the NFL
The Jets are the fashionable team in the NFL this year. Their off-season signings featured one big name after another as star veterans such as running back LaDainian Tomlinson, wide receiver Santonio Holmes, linebacker Jason Taylor and cornerback Antonio Cromartie opted for life in the Big Apple and a shot at Super Bowl glory.
Television executives in the United States took note of those moves and also recognised the fact that Rex Ryan is one of the most outspoken, funniest and most colourful head coaches in the NFL.
As a result, producers of the annual HBO Hard Knocks series - which offers a warts and all look at life in an NFL training camp - chose the Jets as their team this year and spent every waking hour around the players and coaches over the summer.
What they filmed made for fascinating television but it also made the other teams around the NFL sit up and take notice. After watching just a few episodes while at NFL training camps in the United States, it became clear to me that the Jets were talking the talk long before they had proven they were capable of walking the walk.
This was clearly a team full of the kind of confidence and swagger exuded by their head coach on a daily basis. That's all well and good. There's nothing wrong with a bit of confidence, but you have to back it up on the field. And this team might have been well served remembering they only backed into the playoffs last year when the Colts rested their starters in a key game. They got hot once the post-season began, but the Jets were fortunate to be there at all.
The Jets ruffled a few feathers over the summer by insisting they were going to win the Super Bowl and repeatedly patting themselves on the back for putting together such a great team. One player who took exception to that was Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl linebacker Ray Lewis, who felt they should actually win a Super Bowl before they started acting like they ruled the NFL roost.
Lewis was instrumental in giving the Jets a wake-up call in Week One, as he led the Ravens to a bruising 10-9 victory at the New Meadowlands Stadium in New York.
That result showed the Jets have issues to be resolved ahead of this weekend's tough match-up with the New England Patriots.
Quarterback Mark Sanchez was mostly unimpressive and has not shown as much growth as the Jets would have liked as he enters his second season in the NFL. Sanchez did not take care of the ball enough in New York last term, throwing 20 interceptions and losing 10 fumbles.
He has worked hard during the off-season and done everything the coaches in New York have asked of him. Yet there were very few signs of improvement during the preseason as he marshalled a stuttering New York attack and he threw for just 74 yards against the Ravens on Monday night.
Getting some confidence into their young quarterback is a major priority for the Jets. But protecting him is also an issue because the Jets really miss veteran guard Alan Faneca, who they released this off-season. Either Vlad Ducasse or Matt Slauson was meant to become an adequate replacement but the former had a terrible training camp and the latter was thrown around like a rag doll at times by the Ravens defensive line.
The running game will be fine in the long term with Shonn Greene and Tomlinson, but teams know the Jets like to run it often (more than 600 attempts last season which led the league) so they will stack the line of scrimmage and dare Sanchez to beat them through the air.
Brandon Tate makes a 97-yard return for the Patriots who provide the next test for the Jets (UK users only)
And, at the moment, the Jets are very thin at wide receiver given the fact that Holmes will not be back until Week Five after falling foul of the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Defensively, the Jets remain one of the league's dominant units but they did give up too many yards through the air against the Ravens and that group of players was responsible for a large percentage of New York's worrying 14 penalties.
Those penalties might be a sign of a lack of discipline and that will require Ryan to put his foot down and demand his players toe the line. But as a players' coach who wants to have fun himself, can Ryan be tough enough to get the Jets in line?
I think he can, but he will have his work cut out for him. During one preseason training session at Hofstra University in August, Jets defensive backs jogged through their warm-ups eating takeaway cheeseburgers. That is not the kind of image you want to portray in front of 10,000 fans.
Ryan did tear into his players for that unprofessional showing but he must maintain that tough stance. He cannot allow himself to become such a player-friendly coach that the lunatics end up running the asylum.
I hope Ryan doesn't change his ways. I would still rather listen to him speak at a press conference than an automated cliché quote machine like New England's Bill Belichick.
Ryan can remain as outspoken as ever, as far as I'm concerned. But he might be better served getting his players to quieten down on the Super Bowl talk and concentrate on getting through what is a very tough opening to the 2010 campaign.
I still believe the Jets can get through this tough patch and compete for a playoff spot. But I also feel they have been rightly knocked down a peg or two and should just focus on letting their football do the talking from now on.
Week Two on BBC Radio
We have the aforementioned Jets at home against the Patriots this Sunday from 9pm on BBC Radio 5Live Sports Extra. While it is hard to label any contest as "must-win" this early in the season, this is a massive clash that will impact on the race for the AFC East division crown.
The Jets must run the ball effectively against the Patriots because they cannot allow Sanchez to get into a shoot-out with three-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady.
The Patriots will rely on Brady to challenge the Jets' secondary with passes to wide receivers Wes Welker, Randy Moss and Brandon Tate. And if the Patriots can keep the New York running attack in check, they will feel good about their chances following their big opening week victory against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Jets are coming off a short week and have many offensive problems to solve before Sunday. They don't have much time to work with. For that reason, I'm going with the Patriots to grab an all-important second win and consign New York to a tough 0-2 start.