Their vacation is over now and the New York Jets are looking to continue their first-half success and build off their 5-4 record. Their first contest is against the Buffalo Bills who are still trying to find their identity as a team. With the newest acquisition of All-Pro safety Ed Reed who was cut by Houston, the Jets will send a fearsome secondary that should have their way with a struggling Bills offense.
Gang Green has struggled against the pass this season as they rank No. 24 in passing yards allowed. However, with the addition of Reed and the recent strong play from Dee Milliner and a healthy Antonio Cromartie, that ranking should soon change for the better. Cromartie is looking forward to play with the former Texan and feels that he can bring a lot to the table.
"He's another guy that can turn an interception into a touchdown and make big plays, something that we've been missing," said Cromartie. "It just speaks for itself for what he can bring to the table and what the coaching staff and everybody thought of him."
The Bills enter the contest ranked No. 29 in passing offense. To add to their troubles, their two leading wide receivers, Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods, have already been ruled out. Marcus Easley and Marquise Goodwin will start in their place and should be easy prey for Milliner and Cromartie. The game is a perfect opportunity for the Jets' secondary to turn its play around.
"Just adding another playmaker that can turn a big play, it just speaks volumes of what we're trying to do on the back end from a secondary standpoint," spoke the All-Pro cornerback. "We as a group, we need to win more consistently, not just play more consistently."
Consistency has been a major problem for the Jets as Gang Green has been going through a string of win-one, lose-one trend all season long. Still Cromartie denies that the team is focused on winning two games in a row. He believes that if the team plays well, the wins will come.
"Honestly, we're not trying to worry about two in a row," noted Cromartie. "When we can play more consistently, I think you get those wins in a row, you get what you're looking for from everybody and it's just a part of everybody understanding what we have to try and do."