Against Buffalo, the defensive tackle who is in his seventh year, had a career day. He registered two sacks for a loss of 28 total yards, in the Jets first win of the year, a 30-3 trouncing of the Buffalo Bills.
He feels he could have done more.
"I feel like I left some plays out in the field," said Ferguson.
Well don't tell this to the league, they named him AFC Defensive Player of the Week. It is the first time he has won that honor. Winning the honor for the first time is giving Ferguson that sweet taste of success, and it is driving him to repeat this feat, sooner rather than later.
"It's the player of the week award, I am excited about that," he said. "I appreciate it. But now you have to play at that level all the time, it is what people expect form you… I am hoping to get the same thing this week."
At the beginning of the season the defensive line, which features five first round draft picks was thought to be the strength of this Jet's team. They have talented bookends with John Abraham and Shaun Ellis, and a talented tackle rotation with Dewayne Robertson, Chester McGlockton, James Reed and Ferguson.
The unit did not play up to expectations throughout much of the first four games. They would be good rushing the passer, and bad against the run, or vice versa. But against Buffalo it all came together, for an entire game. The Jets sacked Drew Bledsoe seven times, while only surrendering 52 yards running.
Ferguson feels the ability of the defensive line to play as a unit and their success in stopping the run, had as much to do with his individual success against Buffalo, as his own ability.
"When you get in a rhythm and you play comfortable, and when you do that you play faster," said Ferguson. "I think once you stop the run, you know what they are going to do. Now they have to pass; they have to get in the game. You let your ears down and just go after them. Whatever happens then you are happy that you can get there, or that another person got there, or when you get pressure. You are just trying to get that win."
If the Jets are to have any success getting to the quarterback this week, they are going to have to do it against a much more athletic signal caller.
"Carr is a lot more mobile than Bledsoe," said Ferguson. "He gets rid of the ball a lot faster than last year. They are a different team from last year. They did a good job whatever they did in the off-season, he is not sitting back there taking those sacks no more."
Getting to Carr is taking added importance this week due to an injury ravaged defensive backfield. The Jets are missing half of their starting defensive backs. The defensive line, a unit that got six of the team's seven sacks last week, is going to have to apply consistent pressure on the Texans quarterback.
. "Like I say the hardest thing to do is to continue that level of play and that is what I am shooting for," said Ferguson. "You have to."
Wayne Chrebet is out of this weekend's game against the Texans. He hurt his back against the Bills. Chrebet is going in for an MRI Friday afternoon, and results should be available this weekend.
Kevin Mawae did not practice on Friday, but he is expected to play. He is not even listed on the injury report.