EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Rex Ryan has been in this situation before. It's the eighth three-game losing streak in his head-coaching tenure, but this is the New York Jets' worst start under Ryan. At 1-3, they're on the brink of falling out of the race before the race even gets started.
Since the division realignment in 1990, only 24 of the 165 teams that started 1-3 reached the playoffs -- a mere 14 percent, according to ESPN Stats & Information. What makes the Jets' situation so dire is the upcoming schedule -- at the San Diego Chargers, the Denver Broncos and at the New England Patriots.
"There's no doubt, we're in a hole," Ryan said. "It doesn't get any easier. We just have to keep working and digging, and find ways to get out of it. ... We do need wins. There's no question about it. I think we'll get there."
The Jets have never lost four straight under Ryan. Askedi if he believes they can still be a playoff team, Colon said: "Totally, totally. I think it's still early. We have a lot to change. We've got to find it in ourselves to get out of this. The worst thing we can do is divide. We can't point fingers."
'Digs' takes a dig at Geno: Former Jets safety James Ihedigbo, who recorded a fourth-quarter strip sack, offered a less-than-flattering assessment of Geno Smith and the Jets' offense. He described Smith as a "good, young quarterback," but Ihedigbo also said Smith tends to lock on to receivers.
"He does," Ihedigbo said. "He is a one-look guy. But that's kind of how the offense is designed, to make the easy read and get the ball out of his hand quick."
Good Decker, bad Decker: The day got off to a rousing start for Eric Decker, who watched his wife -- county singer Jessie James Decker -- deliver a rousing rendition of the national anthem. After that, the Jets' receiver hit a couple of good notes (an 11-yard touchdown reception), but also a couple of bad ones -- two dropped passes. Recovering from a hamstring injury, Decker has missed a lot of practice time.
"It's hard for a quarterback when he doesn't have his guys out there working with him," Decker said. "I had a couple of drops. That never helps out. For me, when I get repetitions during the week -- when I catch the ball, moving around -- it makes it easier during the game. Unfortunately, I haven't allowed myself to do that with the injury."
The disappearing Chris: Chris Ivory got the start over the recently ineffective Chris Johnson and responded with an impressive first drive -- nine carries for 51 yards, setting up a field goal. He didn't touch the ball again over the next two series; his next carry came with 10:59 remaining in the first half. What gives?
"There are a lot of things that contribute to that," Ryan said. "You don't know if a back is winded or if you're trying to keep some guys fresh. One of the strengths we have is that we have three backs that we feel good about. We want to play all three."
Ivory finished with 84 yards on 17 carries. Johnson rushed for 44 on six carries, including a 35-yard touchdown -- his longest run since 2012, if you can believe that.
"It felt good to get some momentum and, hopefully, keep the running game going," he said.