NY Jets: On to New England


The NY Jets (4-1) will face the New England Patriots (5-0) for first place in the AFC East in Week 7 action.

The NY Jets are now preparing for their 2nd AFC East divisional match-up of the season when they travel to play the New England Patriots next Sunday in Foxborough.

This will be the 113th regular season meeting between the 2 teams as the Patriots lead the series (58-53) all-time. The Jets and Patriots have developed into one of the best rivalries in the NFL over the last several years. The last several match-ups have come down to the last couple plays of the game.

Here’s a look at the last 6 match-ups:

2014: The New England Patriots won both match-ups:

  • October 17th: 17-16
  • December 21st: 27-25

2013: The Jets and Patriots split the series

  • September 12th: 13-10 (Patriots won)
  • October 20th: 30-27 OT (Jets won)

2012: The Patriots swept the series again

  • October 21st: 29-26 OT
  • November 22nd: 49-19

Aside from the 2012 blowout loss, the series has been close in the Rex Ryan era. But now this rivalry moves onto a new chapter in which head coach Todd Bowles takes his first whack at Bill Belichick.

After the game, Sheldon Richardson was asked about Jets-Patriots week and apparently the Jets are already ‘licking their chops’ for this match-up. Here is what he said in an article written by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN about this Week 7 showdown:

Richardson kicked off Jets-Patriots week by saying how eager the New York Jets are to get a shot at Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.

“He’s run this division for a while so I am kind of happy we get next,” Richardson said when asked about facing the New England Patriots. “We’re getting after it.”

Richardson didn’t clarify whether he was talking about Belichick or Brady, but he made it clear he’s eager to face the Patriots with the division lead at stake.

“I mean, they are the Super Bowl champions,” Richardson said. “Just leave it at that. You know, licking our chops.”

Oct 18, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles looks on prior to the third quarter against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Bowles has less bravado then his predecessor Ryan which will bring a new wrinkle into this rivalry. How Bowles prepares his team for their biggest test in this young season will ultimately prove whether the Jets are legitimate contenders for the AFC East crown this season.

It’s now officially Jets-Patriots week, let the madness begin.

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