When the New England Patriots won the overtime coin toss against the New York Jets and elected to kick off this past Sunday, there were many thoughts going through Quincy Enunwa’s head.
“Just the fact that (Bill Belichick) would send out his defense to go against us right now when we had the opportunity to score first and end the game – that’s almost like a slap in the face,” the Jets wide receiver said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “But then at the same time, it’s like ‘Okay, it’s a challenge.’”
A challenge that Enunwa conquered. The former sixth-round pick went 48 yards on 2nd-and-8 from the 22 to put the Jets in position to win the game, which they did, 26-20.
“I think it was kind of like a redemption play for me,” said Enunwa, who has made some breathtaking grabs but dropped some bunnies this season. “I made sure when I had my opportunity that I was going to make the most of it.”
The Jets (10-5) have now won five straight games, during which Ryan Fitzpatrick has been almost unstoppable. Fitzpatrick has 13 touchdowns and just one interception during the Jets’ winning streak.
“It’s a testament to Ryan’s character and his hard work,” Enunwa said. “He just kind of carried this team throughout the whole season. I love him as our quarterback and he’s done a great job for us.”
The Jets can punch their playoff ticket with a win over the Bills (7-8) in Buffalo this Sunday. Enunwa said the Jets are trying to stay as even keel as possible.
“I definitely don’t want to give (the Bills) any bulletin board material,” he said. “Rex is the kind of coach that will take that and run with it. Playing for him, I’ve seen it before. I know they’re really going to play hard. This is their last game, they’re not making it to the playoffs, so they’re going to really make sure that they keep us out of the playoffs. And so our goal is to make sure we do our job and stay level-headed throughout the whole process.”
If they do, the Jets would likely face the Bengals in Cincinnati in the first round of the playoffs. But make no mistake: the Jets’ goal is to win Super Bowl 50.
“If you don’t have that goal on your mind, you’re not doing the right thing,” Enunwa said. “We want to make it to the next level, but we got to take it one game at a time and make sure we focus on the game at hand.”
Ah, there it is. “One game at a time.” That’s a cliche Todd Bowles is proud of – perhaps more so than Rex Ryan, his bombastic predecessor.
“He’s got a great poker face,” Enunwa said of Bowles. “I definitely wouldn’t want to play him in a poker game. You’d never know what he has. He’s really good at kind of keeping his emotions intact and making sure he’s not showing too much. But the camera only shows so much. There are plenty of situations where he’s smiling, laughing, yelling. They just don’t always catch it on the camera.”
Kickoff this Sunday is at 1 p.m. ET.