FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- If there's one thing the New York Jets have done consistently well, it's stop the run -- and now that, too, is being questioned after two shaky performances.
Enough is enough, according to Muhammad Wilkerson, who vowed the Jets will return to the No. 1 ranking in run defense.
"We have to get back to No. 1," Wilkerson said Wednesday. "We were No. 1 for I don't know how many weeks. These last two weeks, we haven't been doing too good up front. I think we're going to take care of that this week, though."
The Jets face the Carolina Panthers, who leap-frogged them in the rankings. The Panthers are No. 1 against the run, allowing 79.4 yards per game. The Jets are No. 2 at 82.6 yards.
"It's important, not just being no. 1, but we want to be the toughest team in the NFL," linebacker Demario Davis said. "Being able to stop the run definitely says something about your toughness."