In the wake of two consecutive losses at home, the Jets put together one of their best efforts of the young season, defeating the Colts 35-9 at MetLife stadium last Sunday. The running game was working, Andrew Luck never got too comfortable throwing the football, and the defense showed some life.
But now it is time for the Jets to get back to work, and get at it big time. Looming on Sunday, is the first matchup against the New England Patriots, this time up in New England. Even though the entire division is tied with a 3-3 record, it is never going to be easy when the Jets take on Tom Brady and company. As we all know, Rex Ryan has made no secret of the fact that he wants to take the division away from New England. It even plays into roster decisions to a degree, as Rex Ryan indicated yesterday:
I think as a competitor, you want to win. You’re always trying to win your division first, and that will set you up for everything else. You have to match up. I think that’s the way you kind of look at it. We’ve built our team up on the backend to match up with them. When you have Cromartie and (Darrelle) Revis and guys like that (and) Kyle Wilson, you draft Kyle Wilson in the first round, it’s to match up with those guys. We’re one of the, maybe, the only team in the league that can try to play them in man coverage, where most guys will back off and play zone after zone, down after down. I think we, maybe, present different challenges. Obviously, they present a huge challenge to us. The way they’re running the football too, is different than in the past.
Rex is never short on confidence when going up against New England:
Well, I just think that, I want them to know, and they know, that I think we’re going to beat them. I don’t buy into all that other stuff. Look, I recognize that they’re a great football team. (Coach Bill) Belichick’s a great coach. I never once said that he wasn’t. Again, we’re not going to back down or concede to anything. They’re going to get our best shot (and) we know we’re going to get theirs, so it really doesn’t matter who says what. We are going to be ourselves. We’re coming up there to take our swing, and we’ll see if we land that punch to win a game.
I absolutely have no issue with Rex’s confidence, especially when they are going up against the Patriots. We all know that there is no love lost between these two teams. Let’s face it, they hate each other. There is no problem with guys talking about the rivalry during the week.
Just a cautionary note to the Jets. Don’t let last week make you overconfident. Turn the page and we will discuss it more.