Amped-Up Jets Prep For Raiders

The Jets survived seven weeks of training camp and 16 often-harrowing regular season games to get to the playoffs. Nobody needs to be reminded of the significance of the postseason, so there's not much left for Herman Edwards to say to his squad.

To paraphrase Al Davis, whose Raiders take on the Jets this Saturday night in Oakland: Just play, baby.

"We talked about it [Tuesday] when we were stretching: A lot of teams wish they could stretch, wish they were in this situation that we've gotten ourselves into," Edwards said Wednesday morning. "This is what you play for. [It's] not that hard to figure out. There's nothing magical, [you] just have to go do it. Now we're on stage and everyone's going to watch."

The chance to perform in the playoff spotlight makes the bumps, bruises and exhaustion disappear. "The coaches and the players, everyone right now is just living on adrenaline," Edwards said. "There's more candy, more sodas being sold right now in the National Football League than there was in the beginning [of the season].

"Like I always tell the players: ‘Hey, don't leave any bullets in your holster,'" Edwards said. "You gotta fire them all, shoot them all. And when you don't have any left, just trick them. Shoot blanks, but just keep shooting. There's nothing left after this. Whatever you've got to do, you've got to do it now."

DRESSED FOR SUCCESS: In an effort to foster camaraderie on last week's trip to Oakland, Edwards held a "Sweatsuit Competition" in which he awarded $100 to the Jet who wore the snazziest sweatsuit. The winner was Shaun Ellis, who edged out Curtis Martin and Richie Anderson.

A grinning Edwards said Ellis' outfit "was beautiful. I mean, it was fancy. It had the tennis shoes matching."

Another "Sweatsuit Competition" will be held this week, but Ellis isn't eligible to repeat as champion. Another guy you can count out is Vinny Testaverde. Asked why he didn't win last week's contest, Testaverde laughed and said "I'm not wearing [sweatsuits]."

ONCE A RAIDER, ALWAYS A RAIDER: Raiders coach Jon Gruden is famously intense, something Edwards learned first-hand when the Buccaneers' coaching staff squared off against the Raiders' coaching staff at the 1999 Senior Bowl. "There's rules in the Senior Bowl, you can't blitz," Edwards said. "Well, after about the second play, [the Raiders are] blitzing. And we turned around and we started blitzing them. That's great, that's football. He's competitive."

COLES EARNS HONOR: WR Laveranues Coles, who caught five passes for 111 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-22 win, was named the Miller Lite NFL Player of the Week. He is the first Jet to receive the award in at least three years.

INJURY REPORT: Rookie offensive lineman Kareem McKenzie is out after suffering a strained calf in Tuesday's practice and likely won't return to the field unless the Jets make the Super Bowl. Edwards said McKenzie is expected to miss 3-to-6 weeks. WR Santana Moss (strained hip flexor) is listed as probable.

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