The New York Jets spent some quality time together at a local Dave & Busters on Saturday night before their game against the Buffalo Bills. Teams usually get together for a couple meetings and focus on resting up the night before game day, but the Jets decided to do things a bit differently. They then proceeded to be laughed out of Ralph Wilson Stadium with a 37-14 loss.
Did the Bills use the Jets’ trip to Dave & Busters as motivation? They certainly felt disrespected by it. Cornerback Eric Wood, who seemed offended, claimed there was “not much” talk about it before the game.
“It’s almost so in-your-face, it didn’t need to be said,” Wood told reporters, via the NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones.
Defensive tackle Kyle Williams was a bit more forward.
“I think we’ll stay off of Dave & Busters,” Williams said. “It didn’t work out very well for the other team that had a party there.”
The Jets entered Sunday’s game with a record of 5-4. Before their bye, they defeated a very good New Orleans Saints team. Prior to that, they were blown out in a 49-9 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. I can’t imagine Rex Ryan felt that his team was going to go on the road and beat Buffalo with ease. Perhaps he believed his team had done enough preparing with the extra week off. He was wrong.
Given the way Geno Smith played, I doubt skipping Dave & Busters would have yielded a different result.
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