Four days after dropping a heartbreaker at home to the Bengals, the New York Jets responded about as well as possible, battering the Bills, 37-31, in an AFC East showdown in Buffalo on Thursday.
The Jets offense clicked on all cylinders. Ryan Fitzpatrick accounted for nearly 400 yards, Matt Forte rushed for 100 yards and three touchdowns, and Eric Decker, Brandon Marshall and Quincy Enunwa all had six catches and at least 90+ receiving yards.
“We have a saying that everybody eats,” Enunwa said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “We just go out there and we have fun. We’re just going to go out there and take advantage of every opportunity.”
They did. The Jets scored on their first four possessions – two touchdowns and two field goals – and never looked back. Marshall had to leave the game for a bit with a knee injury but ultimately returned, snagging six catches for 101 yards.
“I was really scared at first, but once I saw him get up and walk off, I knew that things would probably be okay, probably wouldn’t be too serious,” Enunwa said. “It turns out he was able to come back in the game, so that was great.”
After losing to the Bengals, the Jets (1-1) simply could not afford to start 0-2, especially given their upcoming schedule. They play the Chiefs in Kansas City in Week 3, they host the Seahawks in Week 4, and they play the Steelers and Cardinals – both on the road – in Weeks 5 and 6, respectively.
The Jets almost beat the Bengals, but Mike Nugent drilled a 47-yard field goal in the final minute to give Cincinnati a 23-22 win.
“It was frustrating, especially for that to be our home-opener,” Enunwa said. “But we looked at it and we corrected all of our mistakes, so hopefully going into this season we can limit those type of losses. We don’t want to go into a game and play like that and lose any more games like that.”
A lot of NFL players don’t like playing on Thursday night, but they love having a week-and-a-half off before their next game.
“I think there’s a downside and there’s an upside,” Enunwa said. “The downside is you play on Sunday and you have to turn around fast and play on Thursday. But the upside is you get 10 days before your next game so you have lots of time to prepare, lots of time to recover from that short week. So you kind of look forward to that.”
The Jets play the Chiefs (1-0) in Kansas City on Sept. 25 at 4:25 p.m. ET.