2006_08_sjetslogo.jpgAs they cruise through the easiest part of their 2006 schedule, the Jets have stubbed their toes without falling down. They followed up a near-collapse against Miami last week with a front-running -- but sloppy -- win over the Lions to improve their record to 4-3 and keep things positive heading into a winnable game at Cleveland next week.

Two touchdown's in the game's first eight minutes helped the Jets to an early lead, and, despite the Jets' letting the Lions hang round, the game had seen its turning point. The first of those touchdowns came on the Jets' opening drive and was the first of two by Leon Washington, the rookie out of Florida State. He added an explosive run around left end to seal the game in the fourth quarter.

Head coach Eric Mangini can feel good about at least two aspects of the win. First is Washington, who, if he continues to mature, could bolster a Jets running game that ranked just 21st in the NFL entering Sunday's play. Washington doesn't have the build of most backs -- he's 5-foot-8 and weights 202 pounds -- but his fourth-quarter clincher shows the difference his speed can make.

Mangini can also be pleased his team can win without playing perfectly. That the Jets made mistakes and still downed Miami and Detroit proves that his team is good enough to have a margin of error over the league's downtrodden squads. With another one on the radar next week, the Jets have a chance to be even more pleased with the product of their first seven games under Mangini. He, of course, will not be.