Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/19/12
"That's My Boy" is the name of last summer's (dreadful) Adam Sandler/Andy Samberg move. It starred current New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan as a HARDCORE PATRIOTS FAN.Including a Bill Belichick bobblehead on his desk.I commend him for it. When Rex Ryan left his old job as the Baltimore Ravens' defensive coordinator and signed on as head coach of the New York Jets, a new era for Gang Green had begun.Ryan immediately went all-in to get the Jets a franchise quarterback by trading up to No. 5 overall in the 2009 Draft.With that pick, Mark Sanchez became a New York Jet.Sanchez started from day one for the Jets, making history as he went, winning his first three NFL starts. One of those wins was a 16-9 upset over the New England Patriots.It was then, that the latest chapter of this 50-plus year old rivalry began.Words started being lobbed by both sides, providing bulletin board material, and one very uncomfortable press conference starring Patriots wide receiver Wes "Footloose" Welker.The last time these two teams played was November 13, 2011. New England struggled early on, but ultimately raced ahead to a 37-16 win.*Author's note: In that game last November, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady practiced his "safety by grounding" play. You may remember from last year's Super Bowl loss to the Giants, when Brady was flagged for intentional grounding in his own end zone, causing a safety and two points awarded to the Giants. In the first half, Brady was flagged for intentional grounding in his own end zone, giving the Jets two points, and a 9-6 lead. And this note is the perfect segue to the reason I've brought you here today.  MY THREE BOLD PREDICTIONS: Patriots vs. Jets1. Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is going to come storming out of the gates, assaulting the Patriots' secondary through the air. Sanchez unfortunately will do little to no damage against the aforementioned secondary. In fact, look for him to have a multiple interception game, forcing Rex Ryan's hand, with backup quarterback Tim Tebow taking the snaps late in the game, with the score far out of reach for New York.2. Patriots coach Bill Belichick will not forget he has talent in the backfield. In New England's three losses this season, they did not produce a 100-yard game from a running back. In their three wins, they have had backs gain well over 100 yards.Belichick's no dummy, he hasn't gotten three titles by sheer luck, he knows how to game plan. Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden are potential stars in the making. If the Patriots figure out how to balance these two backs, and create their own one-two punch of a run game, LOOK OUT.3. Tim Tebow will make for some interesting drama and theatrics upon entering the game. Let's be honest, the guy is a lightning rod for media attention. Unlike fellow quarterback Mark Sanchez, Tebow almost never provides "forehead slappingly" bonehead/questionable plays. Unfortunately for Tebow and the Jets, his comeback skills will not be enough to pull out a Jets victory.I'm picking New England to beat the Jets, 40-26.
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