Coach Todd Bowles (160374)
Credit: Bill Moore

The start of the NFL season is much like the first day of school—new uniforms, new equipment, new players, a new team personnel. It is a fresh start, with some new questions seeking answers, such as, “Who’ll win the Super Bowl?”

Can the New England Patriots repeat? Will the Seattle Seahawks return a third time to the Super Bowl, three years in a row? Does Peyton Manning have anything left?

Is luck now on the side of the Dallas Cowboys and Tony Romo? Can Adrian Petersen rebound from his suspension? Will the San Francisco 49ers get it together or will they completely implode?

Is Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly really the smartest guy in the room? Which team made the correct choice at quarterback, the Tampa Bay Bucaneers (Jameis Winston) or the Tennessee Titans (Marcus Mariota)?

Which team will turn it around, go from .500 or less and be competitive? Which player(s) from the rookie class will excel, be game changers, be the valedictorian? Which games are must-see? And that age-old question: Does the “Madden Curse” really exist?

The New York Jets began answering several questions that weighs heavily on the minds of fans by winning Game 1 under the Todd Bowles–Mike Maccagnan regime. They won a game that they should have won 31-10 against Cleveland, whose starting quarterback, Josh McCown, was immobilized at the end of the first, leaving sophomore rookie, college sensation Johnny Manziel, at the helm. We saw the strength of the Jets’ defense, their front line and their secondary, and the pressure that they can apply. And so did McCown and Manziel.

We saw consistency in the Jets’ QB position, with Ryan Fitzpatrick utilizing receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker while establishing a strong run and short passing game with back Chris Ivory. Marshall and Ivory received game balls, along with kicker Nick Folk, defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson and cornerback Marcus Williams.

Monday night’s nationally televised game against the more competitive Indianapolis Colts, on the road, will answer some other questions.

Coach Bowles’ message to his 1-0 Jets was, “Great win… We look at the film and correct the mistakes, and we have to move on to Indianapolis. You can’t hold on to it. That was yesterday.”