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Winless yet dangerous

By Justin Paley
Jets Staff Writer
October 7th, 2004
While the Jets are 3-0 and Buffalo is at 0-3, the Jets know the Bills will not be a pushover on Sunday.

While the Jets are 3-0 and Buffalo is at 0-3, the Jets know the Bills will not be a pushover on Sunday.

“They have their backs against the wall and they’ll come out fighting,” Jets C Kevin Mawae said.

The Bills defense is solid and gave New England a tough test last week before falling at the end. Jets QB Chad Pennington knows the Jets have to play a near-perfect game.

“We have to be patient and when the opportunity comes, hit them,” Pennington said.

Meanwhile the Jets defense is a big reason for the Jets being undefeated so far and will look to put pressure on Bills QB Drew Bledsoe and stop Bills RB Travis Henry.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a measuring stick, but it is definitely a challenge to our defense,” Jets LB Victor Hobson said. “Any time you face a great running back like that who runs hard and has great speed, you have to step up to the challenge and I think we will be ready to do that.”

DE John Abraham says the defense has remained level-headed.

“We are not too confident,” Abraham said. “We understand we can still lose a game if we come out and don’t play well. So we are practicing like we are 0-4 right now instead of 3-0. That is a good thing for us because whenever you start to relax and you think you are better than you are, you tend to lose.”

DT Jason Ferguson feels the defense is a cohesive unit. “Trusting one another is the key to the defense,” Ferguson said. “Being aggressive, but trusting that guy is going to have his gap and this guy is going to have his gap so that is the biggest thing this year,” Ferguson said.

If the Jets defense steps up to the plate again Sunday, they will walk away with another victory.

INJURY REPORT: G Pete Kendall and CB Derrick Strait were added to the injury report today. Kendall is battling a sore wrist and Strait injured his foot during practice. Neither injury is deemed serious and both are listed as probable for Sunday. Here is the complete injury report as of this afternoon.

-LB Sam Cowart (knee): OUT for Sunday
-CB Donnie Abraham (hip): Probable for Sunday
-T Jason Fabini (back): Probable for Sunday
-G Pete Kendall (wrist): Probable for Sunday
-CB Derrick Strait (foot): Probable for Sunday

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