The Jets and San Diego Chargers (0-5) are the only winless teams in the NFL. New York is 0-4 for the first time since 1996 when it went 1-15.
Despite winning four straight against Buffalo, the Jets will be underdogs in Sunday’s game against the Bills.
New York has struggled in all facets of the game. The Jets have been unable to move the ball effectively on offense and their defense has been abysmal against the run.
New York head coach Herman Edwards plans to make some changes to shake up his squad.
Edwards said during the bye week that more young players will get into games, and Santana Moss will replace Curtis Conway as a starting receiver. The Jets’ coaching staff also plans on making some adjustments.
“It’s a good time,” running back Curtis Martin said. “It’s hard to go into a bye week 0-4 but at the same time things aren’t just going to change automatically.
“We need to go into the think tank and figure out how we can get this done.”
Martin has also struggled as the Jets rank last in rushing offense. With veteran Vinny Testaverde replacing injured quarterback Chad Pennington, New York has scored just three touchdowns in four games.
“The bottom line is the running game isn’t getting it done right now,” said Martin, who has run for just 197 yards and no touchdowns in four games.
Martin has not gotten much help from the offensive line, which is much better at pass blocking at this point in the season.
Defensively, the play of the Jets’ linebackers has been a disappointment. Mo Lewis is showing signs of his age, and Edwards said all three starters—Lewis, Marvin Jones and Sam Cowart—will be spelled by younger players Victor Hobson, Kenyatta Wright and Jason Glenn.
“If you’re a veteran guy, just compete,” Edwards said. “If you compete, you’re still the starter. Maybe the guy can’t beat you out, but if he does, then you’ve got to get better. Something is going to happen. You’re trying to create competition on your football team.”
Buffalo has had its share of offensive troubles after a fast start.
The Bills jumped out to a 2-0 mark by beating New England and Jacksonville by a combined score of 69-17. Buffalo’s high-powered offense has cooled since, averaging 14 points over the last three games.
The success of the Bills has ridden heavily on the shoulders of tailback Travis Henry.
Henry ran for five touchdowns in Buffalo’s first two games before tearing rib cartilage against Miami in Week 3. Henry sat out the Bills’ 23-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4.
The Pro Bowl tailback returned last week to spark a sputtering run game by scoring twice, including a winning 2-yard plunge in overtime, capping the Bills’ 22-16 comeback victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
“I was in a lot of pain,” Henry said. “But I knew I had to be in the game for us to win.”
The win provided an emotional boost for the Bills, who had been questioning themselves after muddling through their last two games—losses to Miami and Philadelphia.
Buffalo wideout Eric Moulds may not suit up Sunday because of a groin injury suffered during the game-winning drive against Cincinnati. Moulds leads the Bills with 457 receiving yards.
“He’s sore but it’s really still too early to tell,” coach Gregg Williams said of his star wide receiver.
Moulds’ loss would be a severe blow to an offense that traded its No. 2 receiver, Peerless Price, to Atlanta last March. Buffalo’s next two receivers, Bobby Shaw and Josh Reed, have not been productive this season.