Eight games into the season, the Jets remain impossible to figure out. Two weeks ago they beat the Patriots. Last week, they got dismantled by the Bengals.

At 4-4, they are the definition of mediocrity. Sunday, they get another tough test with the 6-1 Saints coming to MetLife Stadium. Jets coach Rex Ryan has said all season he believes the Jets will be a good team, but when? The calendar has turned to November, and it’s time to find out if these Jets can make a push for the playoffs or if they’re heading for another early winter.

“It clearly has to start coming together quick,” Ryan said. “We’re playing the Saints, [whose] record is 6-1, right there at the top. This will be a good measuring stick. We’re a work in progress. Each week there’s no magic solution. We just have to work hard and keep improving — week in, week out. I think if we take those proper steps, we’ll be a good football team.”'

Last week, they looked like anything but. The Bengals ripped apart the secondary and stifled their offense in a 49-9 blowout. The Jets have spent the week trying to put that game behind them and concentrate on the Saints, who present a ton of problems.

“It’s like the perfect storm,” linebacker Calvin Pace said. “They really do have multiple weapons, a good scheme and a great quarterback. It’s tough.”

Led by QB Drew Brees, the Saints offense is No. 6 in the NFL. Brees and head coach Sean Payton have the offense rolling.

The Jets hope to continue their win-one-lose-one pattern for one more week. The one other time the Jets were blown out this year at Tennessee, they responded the following week with a win over the Falcons, one of their best games.