After a light walkthrough and meetings today, the Jets left the Atlantic Health Training Center for some welcome time off. The bye week comes at an advantageous point in the season, as the Jets will be able to rest up before facing two division foes in back-to-back weeks.
“I think we go into the bye week with a lot of confidence,” said S Jim Leonhard. “Obviously, we wanted to get a couple of wins going in, and we did that.”
Awaiting the Jets coming off the bye on Nov. 6 are the second-place Buffalo Bills. The following week, the Jets will host the New England Patriots in a Sunday night matchup. Those two games will go a long way in determining the eventual structure of the AFC East standings.
“We’ll be ready,” said Leonhard. “We need to close this season out strong. This bye will help get us ready, get us fresh, then we come back to the grind. Mentally, once you come back from this bye week, there are no breaks. You go until the season is over.”
Now in his seventh year, Leonhard can appreciate extended time off. When he and his teammates return to practice one week from today, it will be all business through the end of the season.
“It’s going to be big,” he said. “We need to get our minds and bodies back during this bye week and come back for the grind. You never know how the season is going to play out or where you’re going to get your victories, but you know you need to start stacking them up.”
A ninth-year veteran of the NFL, G Brandon Moore knows the key to overcoming a slow start out of the bye.
“We just have to be smart in that first practice back on Monday,” said Moore. “We can’t have that you-guys-look-like-you-had-a-week-off look. Guys have to zero in coming into that day.”
In Sunday’s 27-21 victory, Moore and his fellow offensive linemen enjoyed perhaps their best performance this season. The protection they provided led the Jets to 162 rushing yards, including 112 from RB Shonn Greene. Both numbers are season highs for the Green & White.
“It’s just that stack-the-bricks kind of model that Rex has been preaching,” said Moore. “That paid off against San Diego. When you string those together, you can come out on top on Sundays.”
By stacking the bricks, the Jets have built themselves a record of 4-3. In addition to being over .500 with a week of rest ahead, they have built something else, potentially more important, moving forward.
“We have a lot of confidence, not just because we got some wins, but because of the style of football that we’re playing,” said Leonhard. “This is our blueprint.”
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