Good teams know how to finish off their opponents. Unfortunately for the Jets, they couldn't score enough touchdowns to put away the Patriots.
"A team like that, when you have a chance to put the knife in them, you've got to do so," guard Willie Colon said Monday, a day after the Jets fell, 30-23, at New England. "If not, they're going to turn around and do it to you. And that's what happened.''
But, in many respects, the upcoming week will say more about Todd Bowles' team than the final minutes of Sunday's letdown. And his players know it.
In other words: Everyone's on to Oakland.
"I'm multi-tasking right now, paying attention to your questions but also watching Raiders film,'' quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said. "So, we're on to the next game here and trying to figure out the best way to attack Oakland . . . You've got to be quick to move on.''
"We still control our season, we still control our fate,'' Colon said. "One thing we can't do is let this kind of resonate. We've got to be able to drop it 'cause Oakland's a good team and they're fighting hard.''
The Raiders (3-3) aren't as talented as the Patriots (6-0), but they're an upstart team with wins over the Ravens, Browns and, most recently, the Chargers.
"Right now, how they're trending, it's going upwards,'' Colon said. "Obviously, it's a tough loss, but we've got to be able to move on from it. Because if we don't, and we go into Oakland with this still on our minds and we're not physical like we need to be, Oakland will beat us. And we can't have that.''
But while their focus is fixed on the Raiders, the Jets (4-2) still were lamenting missed opportunities -- the dropped touchdowns by Jeff Cumberland on third-and-goal at the 2 and Brandon Marshall on third-and-7 from the 12. Both times the Jets had to settle for field goals.
"Those were huge,'' said Fitzpatrick, who threw for 295 yards and two touchdowns and gained 29 yards on five carries. " . . . Not being able to be perfect down there in the red zone, that was a huge part of the game, and it definitely could have changed the outcome if we were able to convert there.''
Then there was Julian Edelman's 27-yard catch-and-run on third-and-17 early in the fourth that kept alive the Patriots' go-ahead touchdown drive.
"We felt that we played well throughout three quarters,'' cornerback Darrelle Revis said. "In the fourth quarter we were up 20-16, but those last couple minutes, we made some mistakes.''
But while players rued their blown chances, Todd Bowles stuck to his convictions on his late-game clock management. He was asked if he thought he made a mistake saving all three of his timeouts during the Patriots' final touchdown drive.
Bowles essentially said he would have called timeout had it not been a short-yardage situation after Edelman's 8-yard catch on first-and-10 from the Jets' 44 with about 3 minutes left.