FLORHAM PARK,N.J.-MetLife Stadium was a beautiful hue of green on Thursday night, November 2nd, as the New York Jets took the field. 67 degrees at game time under an almost full moon, with absolutely no breeze, was the perfect setting for the New York Jets to take home a win against their division rivals, the Buffalo Bills.
After a delectable meal at Gencarelli's of Lyndhurst, a local BYOB Italian restaurant owned by a friend, I drove my three guests a short 10 minute drive to the stadium. That's about the only time they sat that night, as we were on our feet for most of the game, cheering on our team and rocking the stadium with other New York Jets fans.
Let's recap the last three games which have been upending to the New York Jets before this long awaited win. Week 6 of the season saw the incredulous reversal of the Austin Seferian-Jenkins touchdown, giving the New England Patriots a win 24-17. Mind you, there were other mishaps in the game, but nothing compared to this play being overturned. It was very disheartening.
In Week 7 against the Miami Dolphins, the New York Jets held a steady lead in the game until the 4th quarter, where all hell broke loose. Tied at 28-28 in the last few minutes of the game, for some strange reason no one has yet to explain, Josh McCown threw a pass instead of taking a knee to force the game into overtime. Miami took possession with great field advantage and kicked a field goal with 22 seconds left; Miami 31, New York Jets 28.
In Week 8 against the Falcons, the New York Jets looked pretty strong against Atlanta most of the game. Despite the Nor'easter, most Jets fans thought the team would pull out this win, but the New York Jets lost for the third week in a row, 25-20.
I listened to the Falcons post game interview with WR Robby Anderson, a game where Anderson had six receptions for 104 yards and a score. Let's not forget the amazing one-handed catch he made in the downpour. Robby Anderson sounded like a defeated man in that interview; at times I thought he was almost in tears. This kid has a passion for the game. He's leading the New York Jets with 431 receiving yards and 8 receptions of 20 yards or longer. He didn't let the losses, though, shut him down. He's got the fighting spirit and it certainly showed last Thursday night.
Fighting spirit finally appeared in Week 9 as the entire team displayed a new attitude, capped off by the New York Jets defensive player's dance moves in the 4th quarter that rocked the stadium and social media afterwards.
What a great game. After hundreds of attendances at the stadium where I've never caught a thing, my guest Jose Figueroa, born in Brooklyn and currently from Parsippany, caught a New York Jets t-shirt shot from the cannons into the stands. He gave the t-shirt to a little boy sitting in front of us who will wear that shirt for years and remember his first New York Jets game,
The New York Jets now appear to be resolved to win. Go JETS.
Victoria L. Dammer, a native of Florham Park N.J., is a dedicated, active Jets fan and season ticket holder. She never misses a chance to cheer for Gang Green. Follow Victoria on Twitter @JetsFanChatter or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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