Jets look ready to finally take on challenge of meaningful December games

The Jets don’t play this Thursday. Thursday will be a practice day,

Day 2 of their preparation for a critical game in Minnesota three days later.

But in so many ways, Thursday will have profound meaning for the Jets.

Thursday, midnight, the calendar flips from November to December.

It will be Dec. 1. The Jets will be 7-4. They will be in position to make the playoffs for the first time in a dozen years,

but best of all they will play games that matter in December.

In some NFL precincts that would induce a yawn and a ho-hum.

So, sure, disparage Sunday’s opponent, the woeful Bears, as much as you like. Yes, they are a bad team with an abysmal defense.

Yes, they were absent the one player who makes them remotely watchable, quarterback Justin Fields, down with a bum shoulder.

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