FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — In his first season as coach of the Jets, Todd Bowles continually suggests an intriguing philosophical question about survival in the N.F.L.: When does just another game became more than just another game?
Answer: in Foxborough, against the defending champions.
The Jets failed an important midterm exam Sunday, becoming the undefeated Patriots’ sixth victim with a 30-23 loss.
Sticking to the “another day, another game” line he frequently invokes, Bowles said he was frustrated by Sunday’s loss, but not because his team lost to New England.
“It’s frustrating because we lost,” Bowles said. “Nobody wants to lose, especially us.”
At one level, all games are indeed created equal, even those between these two organizations, which have faced off against each…