Despite his lack of production, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was praiseworthy of the former Jets linebacker during a conference call Tuesday morning.
"It's good to get a win on the road, but obviously we have to correct a lot of things on both sides of the ball", Bowles said. Powell suffered the injury in the first half and did not return. RB Matt Forte remains sidelined with turf toe, which means rookie Elijah McGuire could start against the Patriots if neither Forte nor Powell can play. But Bowles said he's not anxious about the situation just yet and that the Jets aren't planning on signing another running back as of now. On Sunday, they did not even have a quarterback hit, but Bowles said he is not concerned.
Our Free NFL Prediction: The Patriots defense is still a mess, allowing 47 points in their last 2 games which is 10 points more than the Jets have allowed in their last 2 games. In the receiving end, Jeremy Kerley posted 39 yards in four receptions while Jearmaine Kearse added 38 yards and a touchdown in four catches.
"Next man up", Bowles said. "It's early in the week, so we'll see how they progress".
Forte, 32, has yet to participate in practice since suffering the injury in a September 24 win over the Dolphins.
"They're scary because they're still winning", Bowles said.
NY knows it could make a huge statement to the entire league if it beats New England, which would also be the Jets' first four-game winning streak since they won five straight two seasons ago capped by that last victory over the Patriots.
One of the big playmakers on the defense - Kony Ealy - the Patriots are very familiar with as they released him during training camp this summer and then the Jets scooped him up off waivers.
"We're building that unity and playing for each other", defensive lineman Leonard Williams said.
"He got caught up a little bit last week", Bowles said. I couldn't have asked for him to have any better attitude or any more cooperation than what we've had from him. Darryl Roberts and Juston Burris beat out Williams for the No. 3 cornerback job, making Williams the fifth cornerback on the roster.
Veteran linebacker David Harris has played just seven snaps all season.