Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Jets Feel Urgency after Back-to-Back Losses

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Jets Feel Urgency after Back-to-Back Losses

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FLORHAM PARK -- Calvin Pace did not want to say it.

But Willie Colon did. And so did coach Todd Bowles.

After consecutive losses, the Jets feel a sense of urgency as they host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

"I think the focus was definitely here this week. You felt it," Colon said Friday after practice. "Guys understand the situation we're in. The urgency's high. We can't have two back-to-back losses."

November often separates the haves from the have-nots. The Jets - - who started the season 4-1 -- have four more games this month and two in five days.

"You try to focus on what you are in November," Bowles said. "You want to see if you got a shot? You got to win those games in November."

He added: "We practiced with a little more urgency" this week.

The Jets (4-3) face the Jaguars, then host former coach Rex Ryan and Buffalo on Thursday night. The good news is they expect to have center Nick Mangold back, and Bowles sounded optimistic about receiver Brandon Marshall and cornerback Buster Skrine.

The challenging stretch comes after consecutive losses to New England and Oakland and their first real adversity since the opener.

The Jets missed about 20 tackles in the loss to the Raiders. Darrelle Revis was called out this week by ESPN analyst and former Dallas safety Darren Woodson for no longer being an "elite No. 1 cornerback." And running back Chris Ivory said Thursday that the offensive line had "a lot of missed assignments" in Oakland.

Safety Dion Bailey called last week's loss a wakeup call, "an alarm that you have to come out every week."

"I'm not going to say it's a positive, but it's better when it's things that you did that hurt you rather than it's things that they did that you can't fix," said Bailey, a former Seattle Seahawk who likely will start at safety Sunday in place of Calvin Pryor (high ankle sprain). …

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