The New York Jets could not stop the Buffalo Bills’ comeback in their Week 1 clash as they lost 17-16 in their NFL season opener.
The Bills put up 14 points in the final quarter and by the end of the game, the Jets had thrown and run the ball for less yard than their opponents, despite Buffalo turning the ball over four times during the course of the game.
Le’Veon Bell had 17 carries for 60 yards in his return to the NFL fold.
The 27-year-old sat out the 2018 season following a contract dispute with the Pittsburgh Steelers and after being released he signed a four-year deal with the Jets worth $52.5million, with $25m guaranteed.
There is a lot of pressure on the running back to perform for New York this season, as during his previous five active years in the league he has produced three 1000-plus rushing yards seasons.
But Bell thinks taking on the Browns, who suffered a heavy 43-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans in their opening game, is a good opportunity for the Jets to bounce back.
“It’s very important. We’re obviously off to a rocky start right now, so we at least want to break even,” Bell said.
“It’s a good opportunity to do that on Monday night.
“I think every game is a must-win game, but obviously this game holds a lot of weight to it.
“There’s going to be a lot of people watching the game, so I definitely feel that way.”
The Jets will be without their starting quarterback, Sam Darnold, as the 22-year-old is suffering from mononucleosis, commonly known as mono.
And Bell insisted the entire team must improve on their performance from last weekend.
“We all have to get better. It’s not just Sam,” Bell said last Wednesday.
“I think as an offence, we’re all going to bounce back and get better because we can’t put it all on Sam.
“Sam did what he could, but it was all of us.
“We didn’t come out feeling good, we obviously lost the game. We want to get better. We came and watched the film, we had a good practice today. We’re going to get after it.”