If the Jets are going to break out of their pattern of maddening mediocrity, now would be a good time — beginning Sunday against the high-powered Saints at MetLife Stadium. If the Jets are going to make anyone believe in them, it starts with the Saints.

“The red light has to come on now,” veteran guard Willie Colon told The Post Friday. “We have to take care of our own business so we’re not sitting here in December mapping out who needs to lose for us to get into the playoffs. We don’t want to be sitting at the table having that conversation.’’

The fact anyone is talking about the Jets and the playoffs right now after widespread preseason expectations from outside of their locker room had them as a long shot to win the four games they already have bagged through half a season is a surprise.

But now what are the Jets going to do with it?

The Jets want so badly for us to believe in them. But how can we? To borrow an oft-used phrase from coach Rex Ryan, where’s the “proof in the pudding?’’

The Jets’ most recent pattern under Ryan is a tedious win-one-lose-one tease, and that does not get you to the playoffs. The Jets have won back-to-back games only once in their last 27 games, dating to 2011.
They seem to get up for the perceived “big” games. Always up for rival New England, they split with the Patriots, winning a scintillating overtime game against them three weeks ago. Earlier in the season, after talk about Atlanta’s skilled offense being a threat to torch their defense, the Jets’ defense mugged the Falcons and the upset was on.

Is it possible Ryan did not have his team’s full attention last week, that the players were still high off the upset of the Patriots and did not think the Bengals could hurt them? He often seems to have their attention piqued for the toughest matchups only to see them falter against other teams.