Jets-Patriots Preview

Associated Press  |  Last updated October 17, 2012
Another date with the New England Patriots has New York Jets coach Rex Ryan running his mouth. Nothing unusual in that. The fact his banged-up squad has the same record as New England, however, may be a bit more odd. Two of the four AFC East teams knotted at 3-3 continue their tense rivalry Sunday when the Patriots host the Jets. Facing the Patriots always seem to bring out an even more boisterous side of Ryan, who again expressed confidence despite his team being outscored 112-40 in losing the last three regular-season meetings. ''I want them to know, and they know, that I think we're going to beat them,'' Ryan said. ''I don't buy into all that other stuff. Look, I recognize they're a great football team and (Bill) Belichick's a great coach. I've never once said he wasn't, OK, but we're not going to back down or concede anything.'' Sunday's contest will give the winner an upper hand over the other in the division race, with the Jets trying to improve to 3-0 against East rivals. ''I've never stopped not thinking about them,'' Ryan said. ''That's the team you have to beat to win our division. You always think about them.'' Tom Brady took a more leveled approach to the importance of this matchup. New England has won three of the last four overall meetings, falling 28-21 at home in the divisional playoffs Jan. 16, 2011. "A division opponent is critical. We've only played one of those games this year," Brady said referring to a 52-28 win over Buffalo on Sept. 30. "We play a team that we know pretty well that always gives us challenges defensively. They're always a very good team. They're very much a game-plan defense. They're going to try to figure out what they need to do to stop us and we've got to figure out ways to move the ball and really put the ball in the end zone." Brady completed 36 of his career-high 58 attempts for 395 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions Sunday, but Seattle's 46-yard touchdown pass with 1:18 remaining dealt New England a 24-23 defeat. Wes Welker caught 10 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown for the Patriots, whose losses have come by a combined four points. They fell 20-18 to Arizona on Sept. 16 after Stephen Gostkowski missed a field goal as time expired, and 31-30 at Baltimore on Sept. 23 when the Ravens made their winning kick with no time left. "We're 3-3. We haven't earned a better record than that," Brady said. " We haven't played well enough and consistently enough to be better than that, but I don't think six games defines a season and I think that what will define our season is what we do over the course of the next 10 weeks." While the Patriots may be disappointed with their mark, the Jets may feel a bit more proud given their struggles with injuries. Shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis was lost for the season to a torn ACL in a win over Miami on Sept. 23, and top receiver Santonio Holmes suffered a season-ending left foot injury in an embarrassing 34-0 loss to San Francisco one week later. Additionally, tight end Dustin Keller (hamstring), rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill (hamstring) and center Nick Mangold (ankle) all have been nursing injuries. Nothing slowed the Jets last week, though, as they routed Indianapolis 35-9 to end a two-game skid. Embattled quarterback Mark Sanchez finished 11 of 18 for 82 yards and two touchdowns, including a five-yard scoring pass to Hill. ''It was big, especially having some losses like we did,'' said Keller, who had one catch in his first game back since the season opener. ''This is a big win for us. ... It's going to give us a little momentum going into this next game.'' The star, though, was Shonn Greene, who rushed 32 times for a career-best 161 yards and three touchdowns. He had 49 attempts for 123 yards and no touchdowns in his previous four games combined. ''I think we can do it every week against any team,'' Greene said. ''It's just a matter of us executing, not stopping ourselves and working hard during the week.'' Greene rushed for 61 yards and Sanchez threw two interceptions in a 37-16 loss to New England on Nov. 13 in the most recent meeting. Brady, who has a 112.7 passer rating and 10 touchdowns in his last four games versus the Jets, threw for 329 yards in that contest, including 113 and two scoring tosses to Rob Gronkowski.
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