NEW YORK (WFAN) — Coming off a bye week, the 5-4 Jets will return to action on Sunday and take on the Bills in Buffalo.
Gang Green has alternated wins and losses throughout the season, but it should — should — finally win two games in a row and defeat the lowly Bills this weekend.
Star defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson joined WFAN co-hosts Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Tuesday in his weekly spot to discuss the state of the team and the upcoming game, and the 24-year-old stressed that the Jets can’t afford a letdown in Orchard Park.
“We can’t come into this game thinking, like (coach) Rex (Ryan) told us, ‘lay our jocks out there,'” Wilkerson told Joe & Evan. “I don’t think that my teammates and myself are going to do that. We’re going to prepare like we do (for) any other opponent and come out and get this win. We need the win, it’s a division opponent.
“So that, right there alone, we want to win our division so we need to make sure we win our division game.”
Yes, you read that right. The former first-round pick has his sights set on winning the AFC East. A Wild Card berth is more realistic at this point — the Jets are currently sixth in the conference — but don’t tell that to Wilkerson.
New York is currently two games behind the 7-2 Patriots, and the two teams won’t meet again in the regular season.
“The goal is to win the division,” Wilkerson told Joe & Evan. “And like I said, these last seven games we feel we can win … I’m confident in myself and my teammates that we’re gonna get the job done. We know what’s at stake and we’re gonna make things happen.”
The 6-foot-4, 315-pounder has been brilliant for the Jets in his third season with the team.
Does he consider himself the best defensive player in football right now?
“I do, I do,” he told the radio duo. “I feel like I’m one of the top guys in this league as a defensive player. I know there are many other guys out there, but the credit goes to those other guys that I play with, those guys that I’m down in the trenches with. Just the whole defense and the whole team. It’s not just myself, I feed off my teammates in the way that they work hard and get things going.”
Wilkerson has 31 tackles, eight sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception in nine games this season.
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