New York Jets
Sunday can't come soon enough for Darrelle Revis.
He's antsy to show the rest of the league that the Jets are more than just a good soundbite.
"It’s a great opportunity for us to bounce back and show this league that we’re not just a trash-talking team," Revis said on Monday, a little more than 24 hours after the Jets were embarrassed in a 34-24 loss to Oakland.
The Jets travel to Baltimore, Rex Ryan's old stomping grounds, on Sunday. They then head to Foxboro to face Tom Brady and the Patriots.
The three-game stretch is arguably their toughest of the season.
And it got off to an awful start in Oakland.
The Raiders torched the Jets' defense for 234 yards on the ground in a performance Ryan labeled the worst in his Jets' tenure.
Revis was equally unimpressed.
"It’s very frustrating. W’re not playing up to our potential, our standards, our goals," he said.
Revis, of course, wasn't part of the problem.
Other than their inability to stop the run, one of the biggest issues facing the Jets' defense was penalties. Fellow corner Antonio Cromartie was whistled for four of them, totaling 46 yards.
The Jets' 'D' also surrendered touchdowns on an end-around and a 70-yard run. Despite all of that -- and the final score -- Revis walked off the field feeling like the Jets were the better team.
"No question we feel like we’re the better team," he said. "Up and down the roster we feel like we’re the better team and we believe that. And to let one slip away, it’s very frustrating."
REVIS SAYS JETS ARE LEAGUE-WIDE TARGETS: Revis believes the Jets have a target on their backs, wherever they go. And it's not necessarily their fault.
"We have a target because of the market we’re in, we’re always being showcased for this game or that game, or something goes crazy," he said with a laugh. "But we know teams are out for us. We’ve been to the last two years to the AFC championship game. Teams want to beat us, they really do."