FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Todd Bowles didn't have to say it. But he did anyway.
He refused to let the external hype of a Week 1 victory over the Browns infiltrate his locker room. So as his Jets were preparing to face a wounded Colts team, Bowles preached the importance of not looking past their next opponent.
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Truth be told, though, his players never considered it.
"I don't understand how you can look past a team that's been to the playoffs the last three years in a row,'' defensive lineman Leger Douzable said of the Colts, who were bullied by Rex Ryan's Bills, 27-14, in Sunday's season opener. "He didn't really have to say that to us, we know that. This is a veteran-heavy team and we know that wasn't their best effort in Week 1. We know it's Monday Night Football.
"They play a lot different at home than they do on the road, so we know they're going to come out juiced up ready to play us.''
One of the Jets' biggest challenges will be facing Andrew Luck. Although he threw two interceptions against the blitz-happy Bills, the fourth-year quarterback has the physical tools and pocket awareness to pick apart the Jets.
"He can beat you with his brain, he can beat you with his arm, he can beat you with his feet,'' Bowles said of Luck, who completed 26 of 49 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns against Buffalo. "He's just a hell of a quarterback. He's easily one of the best in the league.''
The Colts are hopeful that injured wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, who did not practice yesterday because of a knee injury, will be ready by game time. Standout pass rusher Robert Mathis (Achilles) was limited, but the Jets are preparing as if he'll play. "We'll have our hands full with him, too,'' Bowles said.
Cornerback Vontae Davis also could spell trouble for the Jets.
"Man, we had some good battles,'' wideout Brandon Marshall said of facing his former Dolphins teammate. "This kid is really talented, and I always thought that when Vontae's super-focused, he's one of the best in the business -- if not the best -- behind our guy .''
The Jets are seven-point underdogs, but the loss at Buffalo has some football pundits and fans wondering if the Colts are for real.
"When you win, everybody writes great things about you, and when you lose, they come from all corners,'' coach Chuck Pagano said. "You're going to get a barrage from everywhere. That's just the National Football League. We've got our blinders on, we've got our earmuffs on. Our total focus is on today and getting better.''
Bowles downplayed the notion that the Colts are more dangerous coming off a loss. "Everybody is a dangerous team,'' he said. "Anybody can beat anybody.''
"As a man, you never like to get whupped,'' he said. "So when you lose the way [they did], they're going to be extra hyped because nobody wants to go down 0-2.
"We're going to get their best effort and we know that. We all know that the team we've seen the last three years, that's the team we're going to get on Monday.''