The New York Jets fell one point and a few missed opportunities short of opening the season with a victory.
With a quick turnaround and a trip to AFC East-rival Buffalo up next, they're staring at a potential 0-2 start for the first time since 2007. And, they've got plenty to clean up in a hurry.
"It's tough, and it's not what we wanted," quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said of the Jets' 23-22 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
"We can't feel sorry for ourselves or mope for too long because we've got one coming up in a few days."
On Thursday night, the Jets will take on former coach Rex Ryan and his Bills, who are staring at a similar 0-2 start after a 13-7 loss at Baltimore.
Buffalo beat New York twice last season, including in the season finale - which kept the Jets out of the playoffs.
Since the NFL's expanded playoff format was put in place in 1990, only 26 teams have started with at least two losses and made the postseason. Fitzpatrick doesn't necessarily think that adds any pressure on the Jets heading into their game against the Bills.
"I don't really buy into that," he said. "I don't want to start 0-2, though."
Neither do the Bills. And the loser of that matchup will also be 0-2 in the conference.
"I don't know what pressure is," Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall said. "It's just football. You just have to win them when you have the chance to play." >> Read more
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