‘We are going to see these guys again’ – The Denver Post


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Jets came into a two-game road trip needing to win at least a game against the Vikings and the Bills.

But Gang Green came away empty-handed on its trips to Minneapolis and Orchard Park.

The Jets latest loss came to the Bills as they exacted revenge for last month’s loss to Gang Green as Buffalo won 20-12 at home. The defeat dropped the Jets to 7-6 on the season, as they’re clinging to the seventh spot in the AFC.

Gang Green is in a funk during the final month of the season. The Jets have lost four of its last six games and two straight.

Despite that, Jets coach Robert Saleh is not only confident his team will make the playoffs but they could play the Bills a third time.

“Obviously, I love our guys and they fight their tails off,” Saleh said. “I think I speak for everyone when I say…we are going to see these guys again. I just think we are.

“I think our team is good enough. Obviously, it is week to week, but we got a good football team.”

This confidence from the Jets is nothing new as the team has taken on Saleh’s personality. Before training camp, Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley said it was “playoffs or bust” for the team.

Then following a season-opening loss to the Ravens, Saleh told reporters he was taking receipts of all the doubters of the Jets. Gang Green began the year without its then-starting quarterback Zach Wilson, left tackle Duane Brown, yet they have continued to battle through adversity.

The Jets won four consecutive games in October to get back into the playoff conversation. At the team’s bye week and a 20-17 home victory against the Bills, the Jets were 6-3 and looking to not only challenge for the playoffs but for a division crown.

But since their bye week, the Jets have only won once against the Bears, who were without their starting quarterback. Despite that, the team has never wavered as they still believe the Jets players also Saleh’s message. Especially after giving arguably the best team in the AFC everything they could handle.

“I know the dudes we got in here,” Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson said. “We go about our business the right way and we left it on the field today and we came up short.

“We feel like we got a great squad, great team and we are going to be in position to win games, but we gotta finish. We are going to go this week and put the work in and start finishing games the way we should and start the games we should as well.”

The road for the Jets during the last four weeks of the season doesn’t get any easier. Gang Green will host a red-hot Lions team that has won five of their last six games, including a 34-23 victory against a Vikings team that the Jets lost to a week ago. Then on a short week, the Jets will host the Jaguars in their final home game of the season on Dec. 22.

The Jets will end the regular season at Seattle and at Miami, two teams that are also chasing spots in the postseason. The team is also dealing with injuries to Mike White and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams.

What should give the Jets confidence is the team’s offense is much better with White under center after benching Wilson, as he has thrown for 952 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in his three starts. However, the Jets have won just two of their last six games since rookie running back Breece Hall tore his ACL against the Broncos on Oct. 23.

“It’s a championship week every week,” cornerback D.J. Reed said about the remaining schedule for the Jets. “Obviously, we lost, we are going to watch the tape, going to learn from it and we gotta move on.

“The one thing you can’t to is dwell on we let Minnesota get away, we let Buffalo get away and let that go into the week of going into Detroit. We gotta just watch the film, learn from it, be a student of the game and you gotta move on to focus on who you’re playing next.”



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