Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

NFL ; Jets Rebound, but Need to Get Better `at a Lot of Things'

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

NFL ; Jets Rebound, but Need to Get Better `at a Lot of Things'

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NEW YORK - Ryan Fitzpatrick and the New York Jets put a rough start to the season behind them with a big rebound victory. Being 1- 1 sure looks a lot better than 0-2, especially considering the uphill climb to playoff contention they'd face just two games in. After a 37-31 win at Buffalo on Thursday night, the Jets get a few days off before hitting the field again.

"It's only the second game, and we're still getting better, coach Todd Bowles said Friday. "We have to get better at a lot of things, offensively as well as defensively and special teams. We're just going to work. Our biggest thing is we need to find different ways to win ballgames.

"We're not going to win every game scoring 37 points.

The Jets let their season opener slip away, falling to Cincinnati 23-22 last Sunday. While Bowles tried to stay even-keeled up to the game against Rex Ryan's Bills, the players knew how important this one was.

Since the NFL began its current playoff format in 1990, only 26 teams have made it to the postseason after losing at least their first two games.

"It's a big game coming off a close game last week, Matt Forte said after rushing for 100 yards and three touchdowns. "To come back and get a win out here, hostile environment and division game, is huge. It's must win at all times.

Against Buffalo, the Jets rolled up 493 yards of total offense and 28 first downs, both team highs under coordinator Chan Gailey, and the fifth-best total for the franchise since 1970.

Fitzpatrick threw for 370 yards, and Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker both had more than 100 yards receiving each, while Quincy Enunwa fell 8 yards shy of joining them.

"To respond like we did [Thursday], that's one of those things that you try to build off of as a unit, Fitzpatrick said after the game. "That kind of stuff gives you confidence going forward as well. …

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