FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Darrelle Revis doesn't take a weekly peek at the standings and try to gauge what the Jets are up against in their push for a third consecutive postseason berth.

So when the Jets returned from their bye week Monday, when Rex Ryan delivered the scenario heading into Sunday's AFC East road game against the Bills (5-2), Revis' ears perked up.

"It's like, 'Wow,' " the All-Pro cornerback said. "We still have a chance to compete and fight for first place."

Yes, even with all the turmoil they've been through, the Jets (4-3) are right in the chase for the division crown and should have a better idea of where they stand in two weeks. They begin the second half of their schedule against the Bills before hosting the Patriots Nov. 13. Those teams are tied for first, one game ahead of the Jets.

A win over the Bills would draw the Jets even with them, and depending on the outcome of Sunday's Super Bowl XLII rematch between the Giants and Patriots, it could pull the Jets into a three-way tie for the division lead.

"We have it right in front of us," Ryan said. "The teams you have to beat are right in front of you. So we'll know. These next few weeks, they are going to be critical for us.

"We know what this game represents. You have Buffalo coming in, one of the hottest teams in the league, tied for first in our division. We've got to play at their place and so you've got to be excited about playing the No. 1-rated team in our division -- them and New England.''

If the Jets lose both games, they will be 1-3 in the division, with two losses to the Patriots. They'll probably need to at least split to have a good shot at making the playoffs.

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"We know where we are at, one game back and still fighting for first place," Revis said. "So out of all the stuff that's been going on, it's kind of surprising. It really is. But we are making strides and we are on a two-game winning streak. We are back and this is a good game for us to get our third win."

Buffalo's offense is averaging 30 points and 380 yards a game. The Bills' rushing attack ranks fifth at 140 yards a game, and Fred Jackson's 721 rushing yards rank fourth. He has nine runs of at least 20 yards, tying him for first with Chicago's Matt Forte.

"This is going to be a tough challenge," linebacker Calvin Pace said, "but I think it's one that we definitely are up to. We know what's at stake."

The Jets are continuing to climb out of the 2-3 hole they dug with that three-game road losing streak.

"It's huge," safety Jim Leonhard said. "You can't say enough about how important these next three, four games are for us. So we need to come out of this bye strong. We can't afford to come out flat. We need to carry over that emotion that we've been playing with before the bye."