You … you with the bag over your head. … Everyone knows who you are … You’re a Jets fan and you’re nervous, you’re scared, there’s a pit in your stomach.
It’s not because you have a declining feeling that your Jets will drop to 0-10.
It’s the possibility that your boys are pulling any given Sunday disruption of chargers.
It’s a real possibility.
Charging coach Anthony Lynn has forwarded the same message to his team that is holding you hostage for three nerve-wracking hours on Sunday:
Take care of the dog.
On the yellow brick road to 0-16 and Trevor Lawrence (or 1-15 and Justin Fields) this is the biggest hole.
Chargers do not know how to lose as well as the Jets, but make no mistake, they know how to lose. They are 2-7 and five defeats have been by five points or less.
What should worry the Jets fan is the fight the lovable losers displayed against the Patriots.
You may want them to go 0-16, but they do not want to live the rest of their lives with the turbidity from 0-16.
Any team that loses its first nine games of the season has nothing to lose, nothing to fear, but fear itself.
Any team that plays the team that has lost its first nine games of the season has everything to lose and everything to fear, including fear in itself.
What is undoubtedly worrying for the Jets tab is, about the week that comes when it happened, bringing all this Jets momentum to a screaming halt.
Then there’s the question of Joe Flacco – who certainly looked like Joe Cool again in much of the Patriots game – launching missiles to triumvirate Breshad Perriman, Denzel Mims and Jamison Crowder into a Chargers secondary who has intercepted just three passes and surrendered 18 touchdowns. Maybe they can all stay healthy in time for a progress Sam Darnold (shoulder) who returns next week against Tua Tagovailoa, but first things first.
The Jets fan will rely heavily on a vengeful Kalen Ballage and a decimated secondary who speaks in praise of rookie phenomenon lips Justin Herbert, who plays pitch-and-catch with Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Hunter Henry.
Then the Jets fan, who is familiar with a sleeping Samson who has drained his strength when a Philistine cut his hair many years before, should Super Bowl III should have retreated in horror when Herbert showed up for his press conference on Wednesday with most of his locks clipped.
Herbert (19 touchdowns, six interceptions) was confused by the Dolphins’ amoeba defense last Sunday and hardly sounded eager to match the devilish Gregg Williams when he said: “It’s a tough defense to go against because you have to be prepared on a lot of things. “
Well, as far as rookie quarterbacks versus Williams in 2019 are concerned, Gardner Minshew (three TDs, zero INTs) and Daniel Jones (four TDs, zero INTs) were prepared for many things, even though Dwayne Haskins ( two TDs, one INT) was not.
To prevent the Jets fan from losing hope, it would be a good time to remind him or her that there is a Buttfumble for every Super Bowl III.
Maintain Faith: Joey Bosa (4.5 sacks) returning from a concussion helps a struggling Chargers defense tied for 27th in takeaways.
And the youth movement in the Jets secondary – Frank Gore was in high school when these puppies were born – will play rookies Bryce Hall and Ashtyn Davis.
And guess who 1-8 Jaguars play? 9-0 Steelers!
For Adam Gase’s Jets, this would be the perfect time to scoreboard. Alas, they appear to be laser focused on chargers instead. Just because Williams liked the energy and communication on Friday’s practice does not mean it will translate to gameday. But movies do not lie. Chargers should not be 8.5-point favorites over anyone.
Take care of the dog.