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At 1-3, Jets look to defy odds of making playoffs

David Nelson #86 of the Jets walks off

David Nelson #86 of the Jets walks off the field after an injury in the second half of a game against the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: Jim McIsaac

How worried are the Jets about being 1-3?

"There's no doubt we're in a hole," Rex Ryan said Sunday after the Jets' 24-17 loss to the Lions.

According to ESPN Stats and Information, there's only a 14.5 percent chance that 1-3 teams will make the playoffs. And since the NFL adopted its current playoff format in 1990, 25 teams have gotten to the playoffs after starting the season 1-3 or 0-4. But the Jets weren't interested in a history lesson after the game.

"That's those teams," linebacker Calvin Pace said of the odds not being in their favor. "We'll be the ones to change that.

"It's a long season ahead. For you to make it in this league, we don't listen to people like you guys [reporters]. Hopefully, you guys don't take that the wrong way. We play football. You guys report on football. So if we listened to what you guys had to predict us to finish, or fans, then there wouldn't be a point of playing. Got to line up and play, and I trust that we'll get better."

The Jets are 1-3 for the first time since 2007. But even though the odds are stacked against them, they believe they can turn things around.

"Totally," Willie Colon said. "The worst thing we can do is divide and point the finger . . . Whatever the answer is, we've got to find it."

Referring to their three-game losing streak, the veteran right guard said: "Its hurts. It's ugly. I'm tired of it, I know the rest of the team is tired of it. We have to stay as a family and find a way to get out of it."

Over the next three weeks, Ryan's defense will face quarterbacks Phillip Rivers, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

Said Muhammad Wilkerson: "We got to keep fighting . . . It's not getting easier. This is going to be a tough task for us. This is what shows how great we can be, how tough can we be. How bad we want this. We'll see in these next couple of weeks."

 

Were there any postgame injury updates?

Worse than the final score were the amount of Jets making their way to the trainers' room. Receiver David Nelson limped off the field in the second quarter because of a left ankle injury. He did not return but reportedly said that X-rays were negative. Rookie safety Calvin Pryor was ruled out with a left quad injury after taking a helmet to his upper leg.

"It was a tissue bruise," he said. "Right now, I'm day-to-day. We'll see how I feel during the week."

Converted cornerback Antonio Allen was seen hobbling out of the locker room, but the team did not disclose the injury. Fullback Tommy Bohanon had his shoulder and collarbone X-rayed after the game, but it's unclear what his injury is and if he'll miss any time.

Nose tackle Damon Harrison (ankle) also left the game but returned later in the fourth quarter.

 

Is it true Suh wants out of Detroit?

Ndamukong Suh reportedly wants to bring his talents to the Big Apple. The Lions' tenacious pass rusher, who is set to become a free agent in March, is instead interested in playing in New York, according to an ESPN report. Suh is represented by Roc Nation Sports -- the same agency that represents the Jets' Geno Smith, the Giants' Victor Cruz, the Yankees' CC Sabathia, the Mariners' Robinson Cano and the Thunder's Kevin Durant, among others.

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