The New York Jets are preparing for a Week 17 game against the Buffalo Bills in Buffalo at New Era Field. Over the last seven games the Jets have posted a 5-2 record, while also improving their rankings in several offensive and defensive categories. Among the biggest improvements including moving from tied for 28th to tied for third in total wins and moving from 32nd in points scored per game.
For Head Coach Adam Gase he was able to record his 24th win in a one-score game with last week’s 16-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Gase has posted a career 24-8 record in one-score contests and his .750 winning percentage in those games.
Here are some other interesting notes compliments of the New York Jets
Jets Going to the Pro Bowl: Last Week Jamal Adams was selected to the second-consecutive Pro Bowl as a starter. Adams leads the team in total tackles (85) and quarterback hits (15) while ranking second in sacks (6.5) and passes defensed. Additional Adams is one of two players in the league with an interception returned for a touchdown and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
Players that have made an Impact:
Tarell Basham: In the last two weeks linebacker Tarell Basham has registered a sack, his first career interception and blocked punt.
Braxton Berrios: Among qualified punt returners this season wide receiver/punt returner Braxton Berrios leads the league with an 11.6 average.
Marcus Maye: With the interception in the end zone last week versus Pittsburgh safety Marcus Maye registered the third red zone interception of his career, with one coming in each of the last three seasons.
All-Time Against Buffalo the Jets hold a 55-62 mark overall and 25-32 mark on the road against the bills.
Fans are encouraged to check out the following Quotes from Head Coach Adam Gase
Injury update for today: Tom Compton, even though we’ll be doing kind of a walk-thru today, Tom Compton won’t participate with the calf. Alex Lewis won’t participate with the ankle. Demaryius Thomas won’t participate with the hamstring and then considered limited today will be: Kelvin Beachum, Henry Anderson, Steve McLendon and Jamal Adams. That’s really the extent of the injuries that we have right now.
On if Adams being limited is a result of Adams’ previous injury and if there is a common thread to the offense scoring on the opening possession but then struggling offensively…
The Jamal deal is, really, just standard. He didn’t have a setback or anything. It’s a guy coming off an ankle injury and just being smart coming off a game. It was a good defense. (Pittsburgh is) tough to play. The last couple defenses we’ve played have been tough. Whether it’s a good defense or a division opponent, those are always tough games to consistently just move the ball every series. It was good to see that our first drive of the second half was a good drive, we got points out of it. We didn’t score a touchdown but had a 10-play drive. So, that’s something that, hopefully, we can build off of.
On what he saw from Adams in the game against Pittsburgh…
From where it looked from my angle, I thought he played really well. Obviously, his standards are extremely high, his personal standards. He probably didn’t feel great. That’s probably why he felt that way after the game, but he probably feels better after going back, watching (the film), kind of seeing how he played and the things that he was able to do. Him being out there, that changes a lot of things not only for us schematically, but just the attitude of our defense. He’s the heart and soul of that thing. Guys elevate their play when he’s out there.
On his approach with the gameplan this week not knowing which players Buffalo will play…
Just prepare as normal. We have to prepare like they’re playing everybody. We can’t really focus on anything else because that’s what we know of right now. If something changed, then we always have the ability to adjust. But, at the end of the day, there only can be so many guys that can’t play, majority of their team is going to be out there and we’ve got to do everything we can to prepare for what we think is coming and then go out there and execute and play well.
On being able to score on the opening drive but then struggling to get points later in the game…
For me, I look at it as it depends who you play. Whether it’s the first drive or the 12th drive, that (Pittsburgh) defense wasn’t giving up a lot of points last week. We knew it was going to be a 16-10 type game, 17-13, something like that. It’s just when you’ve got your opportunities in the red zone, you’ve got to try to stick it in there because they’re one of the better red zone defenses and they’re tough to go against. There are some times where you get into a good rhythm and you score three possessions in a row and then you might have the next eight series and not score at all. So, it’s all about getting the right calls versus the right defense, executing right and it’s about doing the little things right, series after series and trying to find a way into the end zone. It’s the NFL. It’s tough. You’re not always going to score.
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