It has been another trying season for the Jets and their fans, yet you could still spot some hearty Gang Green supporters around Fox’s outdoor “Thursday Night Football” set in Midtown.
Temperatures in the mid-30s did not stop Jets fan Bob Wild, visiting with his family from Orlando, Fla., from remaining cautiously optimistic for the future as he viewed the Jets-Ravens game.
“I think with the young quarterback [Sam Darnold] and a young team, they have a shot at getting better the next couple of seasons,” Wild said.
He and fellow Jets fans mixed with others wearing gear from the Ravens, Giants and other teams in a festive atmosphere while watching pregame hosts Michael Strahan, Tony Gonzalez and a jacketless Reggie Bush.
The ratings are certainly good for “Thursday Night Football.” They are up 8 percent over last year and recorded a high of 17.7 million viewers for the Green Bay-Philadelphia game on Sept. 26. They have topped most Thursday nights in television viewership and key demos since the package of games began in 2016.
“It’s a once in a lifetime experience being part of something normally I would watch on TV,” Wild said. “To be in the background and get the New York experience.”
Jeff Brienza wasn’t hard to spot in his Chad Pennington No. 10 jersey, rooting on the Jets even though he knows they still have work to do to match what the Ravens are accomplishing.
“The Jets are like perennial losers, right?” Brienza said prior to the Jets’ 42-21 loss. “One day they are going to win, but you hope they are building this up. … You just hope they keep it competitive [with Baltimore].”
For Nick Esposito of Westchester County, an admitted Terry Bradshaw fan, the recent uptick of victories for the Jets still hasn’t given him total faith head coach Adam Gase should be at the helm next season — despite his job being safe. Esposito, nevertheless, will be coming back for more nights like this to watch his team.
“They’re not looking good right now but they ain’t looking so bad either,” the 55-year-old Esposito said. “They got a long way to go.”