Superstar cornerback Darrelle Revis had a very unusul game Sunday.
Buffalo wideout Stevie Johnson had eight
receptions against Revis in the Jets' 28-24 victory. Johnson also had
three catches against him in the earlier meeting between the teams,
including a 52-yarder that could have gone for a touchdown if safety
Brodney Pool hadn't tackled Johnson after Revis whiffed on him.
Johnson had only 75 yards receiving Sunday, a
number that comforted both Revis and coach Rex Ryan, both of whom
pointed to the fact Johnson caught a lot of short passes.
"It was a lot of underneath throws," Revis said
Monday. "He caught 5-, 7-, 10-yard catches. In our defense, we can live
with that. We move on. The one thing we really focus on is getting beat
deep. That's the thing."
Well, the touchdown still counted, even though it
was an underneath pass. And a deeper slant that Johnson got free on,
but dropped the ball around the 25, would have gone for a big gain and
perhaps a game-winning touchdown in the waning seconds.
"Brett Favre threw interceptions before," Revis
said. "You've got to look at it as you're not going to have a perfect
game all the time. You're not going to have your best game all the
time. I've had horrible games in the past. You've got to live with the
good ones, and you've got to live with the bad ones. Looking at the
film, was it that bad? No, it wasn't."
Revis is right. It wasn't that bad, but it was out
of character for a player who has been almost impeccable otherwise this
season. The second-quarter touchdown was the first one Revis had
allowed since Oct. 17, 2010. Revis had 22 consecutive games, counting
playoffs, of not allowing a score.
The Jets play at Washington on Sunday, and even
though the Redskins haven't been very potent in the passing game, the
Jets can't afford more subpar games by the normally dominant Revis.
Jets Catch Lucky Break
--The Jets were fortunate to hang on to a vital
win over Buffalo on Sunday, considering the Bills' Stevie Johnson
dropped a potential touchdown pass and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick
then missed him on two other occasions in the final minute.
"Was it pretty? No, I wish it was cleaner," Jets'
coach Rex Ryan admitted. "But I'll take the victory."
Nor should the Jets (6-5) throw it back,
considering it kept them from sinking in the crowded AFC wild-card
race. But they also know they will need to play better down the stretch
to secure a third consecutive wild-card playoff berth.
"We know we can play a lot better," nose tackle
Sione Pouha said. "We're equally as harsh on ourselves in terms of
correcting (mistakes after) a victory as much as we are on a day
(after) we lose a game. There's no relax mode or anything just because
we won the game. We take it just as seriously as we would if we would
have lost the game."
The Jets' defense had allowed a 95-yard go-ahead
touchdown drive to Denver late in the fourth quarter of the previous
game, and was unable to get off the field down the stretch in road
losses to Oakland and New England earlier this season, allowing
one-score deficits to become two-score margins, negating the chances of
"It's hard to get wins in the NFL, it really is,"
cornerback Darrelle Revis said. "You want all the games to be the
perfect game, but (Sunday), it wasn't. There were mistakes out there
(and) there were positive plays as well. We have to really focus on the
mistakes and get them corrected, because this has been going on
throughout the course of the year. ... We've got to really focus in on
the little things that we do on defense. We cannot make mental mistakes
When pressed, Ryan noted, "We have to keep
improving. There's no question. We're not going to win (and) we're not
going to reach our goal if we don't get better. But we definitely plan
on getting better."
The Jets will visit Washington (4-7) on Sunday.
The Redskins snapped a six-game losing streak with a comeback victory
at Seattle on Sunday, and took a suddenly hot Dallas team to overtime
at home last week before losing. And if the Jets couldn't get a more
decisive win Sunday against a Buffalo team ravaged by injuries on both
sides of the ball, then no game is a walkover for them, no matter the
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