The New York Jets will be out for revenge this week when they take on the Buffalo Bills with their embarrassing Week 1 collapse weighing on their minds.
The New York Jets have had 16 weeks to think about their shortcomings. 112 days will have passed since the last time the Jets squared off with the Buffalo Bills.
And you best believe that they will have revenge on their minds when they travel to New Era Field to take on the Bills in Week 17.
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Hopes were high for the Jets heading into the 2019 season. After numerous big-name splashes in the offseason, there was reason to believe that the team would be competing for a playoff spot despite a few glaring roster weaknesses.
Their first test was a Week 1 matchup with the Bills at home as the new-look Jets were set to debut at home against their divisional foes.
And through the first 35 minutes, things went exactly as planned.
The Jets jumped out to a 6-0 lead at the half and that lead extended to 16 by the seven-minute mark in the third quarter. Even after Buffalo tacked on a field goal in the third, the Jets still went into the fourth quarter with a commanding 16-3 lead.
Gang Green looked well on their way towards a huge victory that would start their season off the right way and usher in a new era of Jets football.
But then everything fell apart.
The Jets would go on to blow their 13-point lead as Josh Allen and the Bills surged back to take a 17-16 lead. A late-game comeback attempt would prove fruitless as the Jets fell to a disappointing 0-1 to start the season.
They blew it. The game was right in their grasps and they just couldn’t close the deal. In many ways, that game set the tone for what would become a disastrous season for the team.
And even despite their recent late-season surge, the Jets obviously haven’t forgotten the sting of that Week 1 collapse. This week, they’ll have a chance to amend their previous failures and enact revenge.
Don’t think the players aren’t thinking about that either.
"Yeah, we're coming after them. We huntin' man. … It's a playoff game for us. We hear they're going to start their starters – that's good. We're looking forward to the matchup, I can tell you that."
— Dennis Waszak Jr. (@DWAZ73) December 24, 2019
Jamal Adams calling this matchup “a playoff game” may seem a bit hyperbolic to some, but it’s the Jets’ mindset going into the game.
They’re out for revenge.
With the Bills expected to play their starters — at least for some of the afternoon — they’ll have every opportunity to get retribution on their division rivals.
To some, this will be yet another meaningless game in the midst of another lost season. But for the Jets, this will their final shot at payback ahead of what’s expected to be a long offseason full of plenty of change.
And to many on the Jets roster, that’s more meaningful than any game in the past two months.