Jets running back Le'Veon Bell chooses not to live and die by the numbers.
Through the first 11 games of his first season with the Jets, he has experienced highs and lows.
After the first eight games saw New York stumbled out with just one win, the team's turnaround has been on full display.
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Winners in their past three games, Bell and the Jets (4-7) take the month-long streak into Sunday's 1 p.m. road game against the Cincinnati Bengals (0-11).
And if the Jets come out with their fourth straight victory, as they are favored to do so, returning to New York two games under the .500 mark is all Bell cares about.
Bell has not posted the game-breaking numbers on the ground or as a receiver that he had throughout his first five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2013-17, but the running back remains an imperative part of the Jets' offensive resurgence.
"I feel good," Bell said. "I'm just glad we're winning games right now. So I understand the game of football. We have these ups and downs everything. As long as we're winning games, I'm fine. I think the games will come. I'm not rushing it. I'm not feeling bad about myself or anything. This is some of the best football I've played. The last two games, for sure, I haven't even played in the fourth quarter. So it's like we can't expect to get 150 yards by not even playing in the fourth quarter. That's a good problem to have. So the fact that we're there ... the fact that we've been doing that, that's all that matters to me."
During the Jets' winning streak -- which includes victories against the Giants (34-27, Nov. 10), Washington Redskins (34-17, Nov. 17) and Oakland Raiders (34-3, Nov. 24) -- Bell has accounted for two rushing touchdowns.
Despite the slow year statistically, Bell points to other immeasurable areas of his game that he believes have backed the Jets' offensive improvements.
"I feel like I've been running hard, breaking a lot of tackles, and I haven't dropped a ball all year," said Bell, who has caught 11 passes for 126 yards (11.5 per reception). "I've been doing great in blitz pickups and pass protection. I haven't been making a lot of mental mistakes and any time they call upon me, I make a play. This is some of the best football I've played in my whole career. I don't care what the stats say."
With second-year quarterback Sam Darnold's rise back up after a turbulent start, Bell sees more room for the Jets to grow in first-year head coach Adam Gase's system.
"(Gase) knows the type of player I am, and I think Sam is comfortable with it, too," Bell said. "So it's really about a comfort level with me, coach and Sam, and all of us getting on the same page and we'll continue to grow that package."