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Todd Bowles: Jet lag no excuse for Jets heading into London game against Dolphins

New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick gives a

New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick gives a press conference after an NFL training session at London Irish training ground in south west London, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Credit: AP / Matt Dunham

LONDON - Calvin Pace just couldn't get comfortable.

Save for "a couple of naps" here and there, the Jets outside linebacker was awake for most of the team's seven-hour flight to London.

"I read a magazine. Watched 'Paul Blart 2,' " Pace said on Friday after the team's 90-minute practice at a rugby training ground in suburban London. "My kids rave about that movie. So I was like, let me check it out . . . The first one was better, though."

While Pace indulged in the cinematic work of comedian Kevin James, most of his teammates were out cold. "I just couldn't get into that deep, comfortable sleep," he said. "That's about it, man. I watched everybody else sleep."

Like Ryan Fitzpatrick.

"I'm a little bit smaller than some of the other guys, so I was OK," the 6-2 quarterback joked. "I was able to get four or five hours on the plane."

The five-hour time-zone change and the jet lag associated with it could wreak havoc on the players' internal clocks. But coach Todd Bowles said the Jets (2-1) won't make excuses heading into Sunday's game against the AFC East rival Dolphins (1-2) more than 3,500 miles away from home.

"They took the same trip, so everything is equal on both sides," Bowles said. "We just have to play our game. We're not going to use traveling or sleep as an excuse. We have to show up and play."

The Jets took off from Newark Airport on Thursday and arrived between 5 and 6 a.m. local time Friday, Fitzpatrick said. After morning meetings, they practiced at the home facility of the London Irish rugby club.

But the Jets made sure to bring all the comforts of home across the pond. In addition to supplying home-brought cereal, electrical plug adapters, extension cords and light-blocking sunglasses, team staffers brought 350 rolls of American toilet paper to London because British toilet tissue is too thin, The New York Times reported.

"We're the best organization in football, man," Pace told reporters. "Sometimes you guys write articles about us that don't say that, but this place they'll do anything for you. I mean, who brings toilet paper? Little things like that make your trip easier. It's a good thing for us. If it helps us win, I'm all for it."

Bowles said he was unaware that his team's bathroom needs had become a headline-grabbing story both in England and in the States. As for whether two- or three-ply will be the key to victory, he wouldn't say.

"I could make a sharp comment right there," Bowles said, smiling. "I'm not touching that one. I'm not saying a word."

Notes & quotes: WR Eric Decker (knee) will be a game-time decision . . . Darrelle Revis (hamstring), RB Chris Ivory (quadriceps) and CB Antonio Cromartie (hip) are among those who are probable . . . G Willie Colon (knee), TE Jeff Cumberland (concussion), WR Chris Owusu (knee), LB Trevor Reilly (finger) and CB Darrin Walls (hamstring) are out.

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