NEW YORK (WFAN) — In a big spot, the New York Jets’ defense is consistently coming up small.

Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson says that needs to change — ASAP — before it’s too late, if it’s not already.

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“We’re 1-6 right now. We keep doing that, keep having the same mistakes, then those numbers in the loss column are gonna keep going up,” Wilkerson told WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Friday.

The Jets dropped their sixth straight game Thursday night in New England, dominating the Patriots on the stat sheet but not on the scoreboard. Tom Brady threw three touchdowns; a 49-yarder on the Patriots’ opening drive and the other two on third downs.

New York’s offense had its issues too, particularly in the red zone, but quarterback Geno Smith moved the ball well and contributed to an impressive night on the ground. After Smith got the team in field-goal position with just seconds left on the clock, in came Nick Folk, who drilled all four of his kicks through the uprights in the first half. The game-winner was blocked, and the Patriots stole one at home, 27-25.


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Wilkerson placed the loss squarely on his unit.

“The offense, they did a good job,” he said. “I spoke to Geno, he said he felt like the offense could have done better. But those guys did enough for the defense. We didn’t hold up on our end on that side of the ball — the defense — we could have done a better job, and we didn’t.”

Wilkerson, acknowledging the Jets “need a win desperately,” said nobody is even thinking about what it would take to make the playoffs. It’s all about one game at a time, and the next chance to turn this thing around comes October 26 at MetLife Stadium against the Buffalo Bills.

“Like Rex (Ryan) said, we’re going to keep fighting,” Wilkerson said. “We’re going to keep fighting like we did last night. We’re going to keep playing that way for the rest of the season, and hopefully some good comes out of it for us.”

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