The big test is here really quick, the day after tomorrow to be exact. In just over 48 hours from now, the Jets take on their friends from New England, in what now becomes a huge game for the Jets playoff chances. They played the Patriots very tough in the first game, you can be sure that the Patriots, especially on defense, will have some adjustments up their sleeves. Mark talked about the Patriots defense, and was asked if there is a distinct characteristic of their defense:
They’re great at getting after the football and when they win the turnover battle, their numbers are just staggering in the win-loss column. I (think it’s) one loss-to-30-something wins, so it’s pretty impressive. That’s their motive. They play so sound and so well. They really just are always in good position. They try and outlast teams until the other guys make the mistake and they have such confidence in their offense that even if they don’t necessarily stop us or if they can hold us to a field goal that their offense will go out and score. That’s what they think. That’s always how they’ve been. They’ve always been one of the toughest teams we’ve played, so it’s always a good challenge and he’s a heck of a coach.
With all of the time the Jets spend getting ready for New England every year, does it help to know them so well?
It helps personnel-wise, not having to look over the depth chart so many times and really trying to remember guys. You know them because you faced them so much, but at the same time, you see how they played us (and) how they played other teams. That’s the trick, trying to find the subtle differences. Anytime you go against a good team like the Patriots, whether they’re in your division or not, it’s always a good challenge for us.
It sure is always a good challenge. Hopefully, they will be up to the challenge, so our turkey goes down well on Thursday night.