2008-12-05 / Sports

Jets Look To Wash Away Defeat To Broncos

By Elio Velez

Denver Broncos RB Peyton Hillis is wrapped up by the Jets defenders. Photo by Peter Borriello. Denver Broncos RB Peyton Hillis is wrapped up by the Jets defenders. Photo by Peter Borriello. EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There haven't been many times this season that Brett Favre has stepped to the podium after a New York Jets game looking tired and worn down. He's revitalized the Jets with his youthful exuberance and his play the last two months lifting his new team to the top of the AFC Division.

But the 39-year old soon to be Hall of Fame quarterback looked a bit dreary after the rainy elements and a Denver Broncos 34-17 win at the Meadowlands Sunday contributed to his demeanor.

"We didn't win this football game. We got outplayed. We had plenty of opportunities. It wasn't like we played our best football, and we just lost," Favre said. "I thought Denver played outstanding. I thought we had some opportunities that we didn't capitalize on."

Though the Jets are still on top of the AFC with an 8-4 record, the dismal defeat to the Broncos was a wakeup call for a team sky high after wins over the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans in consecutive weeks. The talk of a possible Jets and New York Giants Super Bowl could have swelled the heads of some. Those dreams should be dismissed until the Jets can show they are capable every week of being consistent.

If they do not, Jets coach Eric Mangini, who was a bit incensed after Broncos QB Jay Cutler threw for 357 yards and third string runningback Peyton Hillis ran for 129 yards over his Jets defense, will continue to stew.

"I was really disappointed with the way that we played today. We've established a certain way to play football around here. We've established a certain identity and that was nothing close to that today," Mangini said after Sunday's game.

The New York Jets will need to bounce back with four games left that will decide their playoff fate. They travel to San Francisco (4-8) on Sunday afternoon at 4:15 p.m.

"I don't think we played well in any of the three phases. I don't think we coached well…..What we need to do is come back, work the way we've been working, perform the way we've been performing and the outcome will be extremely different."

What Mangini will look to fix is getting his defense to find ways to rush the quarterback. They didn't do that against Cutler according to cornerback Darrelle Revis.

"They didn't let our pass rush get to them. They did a lot of quick screen and runs to get away from our rush. We just got to go back and make the corrections. It's a tough loss. We're disappointed. We're taking the blame. It's on us as players."

The Jets could sure use David Harris, the starting inside linebacker who has been out 5 games due to groin surgery this week.

He is most likely to play, which will allow David Bowens to shift back to defensive end and allow Bowens, Calvin Pace and Shaun Ellis to generate a pass rush to upset 49ers quarterback Shaun Hill and a 26th ranked offense.

Starting safety Kerry Rhodes said the team was humbled by the loss and knows his team won't be paying be attention to any Super Bowl talk.

"If people in this locker room are worried about the talk it's not good for us anyway," Rhodes said.

"We still have a long season and four games left to right the ship from this game. We have San Francisco next so once we move on to that we are still 8-4 in the division. We just have to move on from here.

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