Two of the leaders in the Jets locker room are looking at Thursday night's game at Buffalo and still feeling the unpleasant burn from nine months earlier.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't leaning on last year's two losses, and particular on the season-finale 22-17 loss at the Bills home that knocked the Jets out of the playoffs, to get him and his group ready to roll four days after Sunday's season-opening 23-22 loss to the Bengals. But he admits he's filed some things away.
"Yeah, some of it comes back just in terms of things that I think I could've done better," Fitzpatrick said. "Any game, I sit back and watch, and I'm very critical of myself just in terms of trying to figure out how I can get better. There was some stuff last year in some decisions in both games that I wish I had back. They happen in every game, but the magnitude in that game was maybe a little bit bigger. It hurts and it stings to watch some of that, but you try to learn from it and get better."
CB Darrelle Revis had a similar approach to last year's last loss, still feeling it some but not dwelling on it too much.
"I don't think it's been discussed a lot around here," Revis said, "but I think guys around here do have a bad taste, we have a bad taste in our mouth from last year, and I'm sure that will carry over into this game. Guys are aware of what happened last year. For us, it's just to play poised. We're going to come into a hostile environment. It's very tough to play up there. But at the same time, we've won games up there in the past. We just have to come out there poised and relaxed."
Football is a great game for teaching focus. Both stars heard the boo-birds on and after Jan. 3 — Fitzpatrick for his three interceptions, Revis for his coverage of Sammy Watkins, who had 11 catches for 136 yards. And both heard them again Sunday for the way the Bengals defense reined in Fitz and his receivers while their offense got A.J. Green open for 12 catches for 180 yards, a few of those big grabs also on the Island.
But both players stressed focusing on the opponent at hand, not last year or last Sunday. Revis perhaps had a little more edge.
"I can take a punch on my chin and keep it moving," Revis said. "It's not like I never got a ball caught on me. ... It's just small, technical things and that's why we have corrections. There's no game you come out of playing a perfect game. As easy as some people may make it look or seem, it is what it is. You bounce back. That's why we play week to week. It's a long season and right now what we trying to do is get better. That's all we can do as a team."
"It's a new year," Fitzpatrick said. "It's an important one for us. It always is, but it's a division game, we're 0-1, and we're trying to get that bad taste out of our mouth from Sunday. Thursday nights are exciting to play on because you have all of your peers watching you, and you just want to go out there and show everybody what kind of team we have."
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Injury UpdateThe Jets' health improved Tuesday. CB Darryl Roberts (foot) practiced for the first time since arriving on waivers last week, while WR Quincy Enunwa (ribs) and TE Kellen Davis (neck/ribs) both practiced full today after being limited Monday.
For the Bills, TEs Charles Clay (knee) and Jim Dray (ankle) both practiced limited today, but WR Sammy Watkins (foot) and three others remained sidelined with their injuries. See the full injury report here.