Win or bust vs. Bills [6:15 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Plain, simple and bluntly put, this is the Jets' plight through three games of the 2001 season: If they do not defeat the struggling Bills today at Ralph Wilson Stadium, their hopes and dreams of being a playoff team with Super Bowl aspirations this season are finished.'
Jet overhaul's just begun [6:14 AM]
New York Post reports: 'When Curtis Martin said Thursday that it is more important for the 1-2 Jets to build confidence in Buffalo today than to win, it tells you that their best player understands this team is on the remake. That doesn't mean that 9-7 and a playoff spot are out of reach. But it is clear Edwards thinks the Jets need an overhaul to become a true contender.'
Miffed Moulds making stink [6:13 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Bills coach Gregg Williams tried to soften the issue, saying, "In the first game, I really believe [the Saints] did a good job of doubling him. In the second game he was on pace to have a bunch of catches and he had a couple drops and then got hurt and was out of the game for three fourths of game. "[Last week] he battled hard and wasn't able to go full speed until Sunday. I appreciate him answering the bell to play Sunday. He had a couple opportunities in the game and, uncharacteristic for him, he dropped a fade pass."'
Edwards Warns About Taking Bills Lightly [6:12 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The way the Bills are playing, this seems like the perfect time for the Jets to get things right. Quarterback Rob Johnson is banged up - who wouldn't be, with 13 sacks? - and he's feeling the heat of being chosen over Doug Flutie, who has led the Chargers to a 3-0 start.'
Jets at Bills [6:12 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'At Stake for Bills: So Gregg Williams thought the West Coast offense would be a great idea in Buffalo too, huh? Fullback Larry Centers leads the team in receptions. Think Doug Flutie is snickering in San Diego? The bloom is definitely off the rose in Buffalo, and the season's first ton of lake-effect snow hasn't even fallen yet. Eric Moulds, we feel your pain.'
Jones is middle man if team is to improve [6:10 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'This afternoon, the Buffalo Bills (0-3) can expect Jones to be motivated when they meet the Jets (1-2) at Ralph Wilson Stadium. It's a game between a pair of desperate teams looking to get on track. The Jets missed 18 tackles last week, and the Bills' version of the West Coast offense has scored three field goals in two home games.'
Sometimes it pays to wait for Bills [6:09 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"I don't ever second-guess our decision, because we put so much effort into it and we're confident it was the right decision," Donahoe said from his office the other day. "The problems we've had to this point you can't really blame all on Rob Johnson. Unfortunately, quarterbacks always get too much credit or too much blame. It's been the nature of football forever."'
Jets-Bills matchup [6:08 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Prediction: Jets, 24-13.'
A homecoming for Jets assistant [6:07 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"Ted is a guy a lot of us have good feelings about," said linebacker Keith Newman. "He's easygoing, but he can turn up the heat on you and be intense when he has to." "He never had you do anything beyond your capabilities, but he made you feel you could exceed your limitations," said safety Keion Carpenter. "The Jets are lucky to have a coach like that."'
Johnson looks to be no more than bill of goods [6:05 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Yet the Bills made a fundamental error when they chose Johnson over Doug Flutie in the offseason. They didn't go by what they saw. They went by what they wanted to see.'
Jets and Bills meet in matchup of struggling teams [7:29 PM]
AP reports: 'A month into the season it's apparent that Edwards' New York Jets very much resemble their next opponent, the struggling AFC East rival Buffalo Bills. "We're similar," Edwards said. "When you watch them on tape, you see them at times do things very well, and at times kind of beat themselves. I think it's a work in progress for them. "And I think we're going through the same process here."'
Becht looking to rebound [9:15 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: 'Becht dropped three catchable passes in Monday night's 19-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, including one that would have gone for a touchdown. "I've never had a game like that, but I'm putting it behind me," Becht said. "I've had a good week. I worked hard and my head's in the right place. It's a bad game. I'll move on and get better. I'm not going to have my head down. I know this team needs me. I can't wait to play this game."'
Cottrell wants to have right stuff in return to Buffalo [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's going to be a little different," Cottrell said this week by phone from his office in Hempstead, L.I. "I'm going to see a lot of friends up there. I spent 10 years of my life up there. You have a lot of thoughts and memories, but you have a job to do."'
Glenn Ready to Show Jets He Is Handy on Returns [6:07 AM]
New York Times reports: 'But Glenn, a standout cornerback, has never impressed his N.F.L. coaches with his punt returning. Although he gets in stride with breathtaking speed, he does not have the most fluid style when catching the ball.'
Hayes Starts Over As Jets' Safety [6:05 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Hayes will start at free safety tomorrow against the AFC East rival Bills in Buffalo, replacing injured starter Damien Robinson, who is out with a sprained ankle.'
Becht's hoping his awful game is behind him [6:04 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Becht was at his worst against the 49ers, dropping several passes and allowing a critical sack late in the game.'
Hayes Will Replace Injured Robinson [6:03 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'In another injury setback for the Jets, Robinson will miss Sunday's must-win game at Buffalo with a sprained left ankle. It figures to be less of an inconvenience than it could be, because the Jets will insert Chris Hayes, who finished last season as the starter at free safety.'
Hayes gets chance to help again [6:01 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'The Bills (0-3) rank 27th in the NFL in passing offense, averaging just 158.3 yards per game. But Pro Bowl wide receiver Eric Moulds has just five receptions in three games and Bills quarterback Rob Johnson wants to get him going.'
Hayes getting his chance to energize Jets secondary [6:00 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Hayes started the final eight games of the 2000 campaign, and appeared to have plugged the Jets' perennial hole at free safety. But during the spring, the team signed free agent Damien Robinson from Tampa Bay. Good-bye starting spot for Hayes, who had to be content with his title of "special-teams ace." But Robinson, nursing an ankle injury he suffered in the loss to San Francisco on Monday night, was downgraded from questionable to out Friday. So Hayes will make his first start of 2001 when the Jets (1-2) visit Buffalo (0-3) at 4:05 p.m.'
Bills Face Another Long Sunday Afternoon [5:59 AM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: It was just one sentence, buried in Gregg Williams' weekly Wednesday discussion of the state of the Buffalo Bills, but it gave a hint that he might just be learning what head coaching is all about. "I think we have to identify what we have strengths at doing and capitalize on those," Williams said... Whoa.
Injury-riddled Bills see some sit, others return [8:36 PM]
AP reports: 'Tackles John Fina and Jonas Jennings, who sat out last Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers with leg injuries, practiced again Friday and were expected to start Sunday against the New York Jets.'
Edwards making sure Jets remain confident in abilities [11:29 AM]
Bridgewater Courier News reports: 'First-year coach Herman Edwards understands what a precarious position the Jets hang in. If the Jets (1-2) do not beat winless Buffalo (0-3) this Sunday, the grumbling will quickly turn to discontent and take a huge step toward downright mutiny. In many ways, Edwards is coaching not to lose his team.'
Bills finally have chance vs. Jets [10:39 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Bottom line: The Bills are off to their worst start in 17 seasons and their legitimate chances to win a game are few and far between. This week's match with the New York Jets is one of them. Expect an all-out effort from Buffalo and take the 4 points vs. a Jets team that has been less than impressive in compiling a 1-2 mark this season.'
Jets can relate to Bills' offensive woes [10:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Jets lack consistency. Their last four touchdown drives averaged 12 plays and 78 yards. They even had a 94-yard march end in a field goal. But the Jets have 12 three-and-out series, tied for fourth most in the NFL.'
Christie takes opportunity to bid his fans farewell [9:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Christie, who maintains he was basically cut because he refused an injury settlement, was still receiving checks from the Bills until the time of his release, said Gil Scott, Christie's Toronto-based agent.'
Williams anchors depleted defense [5:56 AM]
D and C reports: 'Williams speaks frequently with Washington, not so much for playing advice -- he has an excellent coach in John Levra for that -- but for support. With the Bills off to an 0-3 start, Williams isn't afraid to use his phone-a-friend life line. "I talk to Ted all the time," Williams said. "I've told him I haven't been doing too well, but Ted tells me to 'Suck it up and just play, you're the man now.' We don't have Ted anymore or any backups for that matter, and it's going to be hard on us."'
Classy Christie offers gratitude [5:55 AM]
D and C reports: '"It's a bit unusual to come here and do this," Christie said. "A lot of guys come back when they're ready to retire, after it's been one or two years after they've been to another club. I really didn't want to wait that long to make my thank-yous."'
West Coast Offense: Jets Aren't Quite There [5:54 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Vinny Testaverde says it is a matter of a missed block here, a poor throw there, a dropped pass, the little things that are impeding the development of the Jets' offense.'
Anthony's Fate Is In His Hands [5:53 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Actually, Sunday was really Monday night, and it was an absolute nightmare for Becht, the last of four No. 1 picks for the Jets in 2000. Aside from the three obvious drops, there was a fourth that was borderline and there was a fourth-quarter sack he allowed to rookie defensive end Andre Carter. The last drop and the sack came on back-to-back plays. Drop. Sack. All on prime-time television, before Al, Dennis, Dan and the entire country. Ouch.'
Martin Past Due for Bills [5:52 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Since coming to the Jets in 1998, Martin has only 331 yards in six games against Buffalo, a per-carry average of 2.8 yards.'
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