"We are a 1-8 team and we are not patting ourselves on the back," Jets linebacker David Bowens said on Monday. "We have the confidence that we can start winning some games. We are going to approach this thing one game at a time. What do we need to do this week? What do we need to do next week? If we just stay focused on that we can salvage a little bit of the season and end it on some sort of a good note."
The first opportunity to right the ship will come Sunday afternoon when the Jets play host to the 7-2 Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers have won three straight, including a dismantling of Baltimore on Monday night and a mammoth comeback against Cleveland in the past two weeks.
The Steelers boast the leagues fifth-ranked defense and should prove to be quite the challenge to a Jets offense that has struggled all season long to play with any sort of consistency.
The emergence of quarterback Kellen Clemens remains the biggest headline, but the team's ability to limit the production of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and running back Willie Parker likely will prove to be the keys to Sunday's game.
The Jets record does little to paint a clear picture of the team's ability. They have lost their eight games by an average of less than 10 points, an interesting statistic that does more to illustrate the team's inability to play with consistency rather than it's overall ineptitude.
With seven games remaining on the schedule, the Jets will undoubtedly be looking forward to their December 16th match up with the Patriots, a game that very possibly could have historical implications on the line. The obvious disdain the team's hold for one another should give the Jets some added motivation to take on the role of spoilers.
This is a role they could play on a number of occasions down the stretch.
"Sometimes, you have to have that mentality," Bowens said. "You have to be ticked off about your situation and try and ruin it for someone else."