Not a must-win...but close enough

To classify a week four game as a "must win" is to classify a team as desperate. Despite their 1-2 record and thoroughly mediocre play so far, the Jets aren't desperate. But a loss this week against the Bills—who are pretty desperate themselves at 0-3—and the Jets might be singing a different tune next week.

"I think it's critical for us to be successful at everything we do [this week] and obviously you want to win the game," Herman Edwards said. "We have to be successful so that [the players] feel confidence, because right now it's kind of been up and down. I think the players still have confidence, they're not in a panic mode, but you don't want it to start slipping on them and all of a sudden now they're looking [around] going ‘Wow, what's going on?'"

A loss to the Bills, who rank last in the AFC in total defense (right behind the Jets) and 14th in total offense, would almost certainly leave the Jets mumbling to themselves. A win on Sunday probably won't answer all the questions surrounding the Jets on offense and defense, but a victory would be key for a club which will host Miami and St. Louis the following two weekends.

"[There's] nothing that a win won't cure," Edwards said. "A win cures a lot of questions and doubts. Even if you win bad, it still makes you feel a lot better."

TUPA TO PUNT SUNDAY: The release of Daniel Pope means Tom Tupa will once again assume punting duties for the Jets. Edwards said Tupa, recovering from an off-season hernia and a hip injury he suffered in training camp, has looked strong in practice and that "…he just has to go punt now.

"If he kicks a bad one in Buffalo, [he needs to say] ‘Hey, don't worry about it,'" Edwards said.

CECERE COMING BACK?: Edwards said this week the Jets may bring back rookie DE Mike Cecere, who was waived on Monday to make room for Tory Woodbury on the active roster. "We'll make a decision on that next week," Edwards said.

ROBINSON NOW OUT: Damien Robinson, listed as questionable on the injury report Wednesday and Thursday, has been downgraded to out with his sprained ankle. Chad Morton (sprained ankle) and Santana Moss (knee) remain out and Steve Martin (toe) remains questionable.

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