This season, the Jets have had losing streaks of four and three games, but for just the second time this season, the Jets have a chance to win two games in a row.
"Guys have just put their head down and go to work," Adam Gase said on Friday. "Once we hit Wednesday, we put last week behind us. Our guys know, and we talked about it before, we got to get ready for the next one because that's the only one that matters.
"You never want to take a step back, you want to be able to look at your season and say, 'Hey, we're getting better as we go,' and then you're playing the best football at the end of the year. That's why to me these last seven games are so important. Keep trending upward, we don't want to be peaks and valleys."
Standing in their way are the 1-8 Washington Redskins, and while they've struggled mightily this season, they do have the luxury of entering Sunday's game coming off of their bye week.
Gase knows he can expect some fresh players, and some fresh looks, from the Redskins off their bye.
"Yeah, we seem to see some wrinkles every week," Gase said on Friday. "Coming off a bye you got a little more time, it just depends. Like for us on offense, it depends what (Washington offensive coordinator) Greg (Manusky) has drawn up in there and how much he wants to make me work during the game."
Washington has recently turned to Dwayne Haskins, the 15th overall pick and third quarterback selected in the 2019 NFL Draft. Though he's appeared in three games, he made his first start in Washington's last game, a 24-9 loss to Buffalo.
On the season, he's completed 61.4 percent of his passes for 284 yards. He hasn't thrown a touchdown but has thrown four interceptions.
"It's a young quarterback that's working through the early stages of his career and you see a lot of good," Gase said. "I know there's probably times where he's going, 'Man I wish I wouldn't have done that, I wish I would done this," but that's experience. That's part of the growing process. When you have a young guy that's playing, you work through that stuff. It's not always fun, it's not always easy. I've never been around him, but if he's working in the aspect of trying to improve every day and that coaching staff is grinding with him, he'll just keep getting better."
One veteran that Haskins has been able to rely on this season is running back Adrian Peterson, who Gase knows is always capable of turning a game.
"I mean I've probably seen him too many times over my career being in his division a couple times. He still looks good," said Gase. "You see that burst, you see his strength, you don't notice his age so much. I'm sure if you're on defense you probably really don't notice it, it's a big man running fast that's physical. I've always enjoyed, when I'm not playing him, I've always enjoyed watching him play. He's a great player."