NY Jets: The Patriots crossed the line
The New England Patriots and their Twitter team had a little fun at the expense of the NY Jets when they tweeted out quite possibly the worst memory in the history of the franchise.
This rivalry between the NY Jets and the New England Patriots has always been one of the most intense in the entire league, but now it has officially reached another level. The Patriots social media department tweeted this photo earlier today:
The Patriots probably won’t ever let the Jets forget about the ‘Butt Fumble’: https://t.co/cPsEdOGv0J pic.twitter.com/LNUOZfE1RN
— ESPN (@espn) October 22, 2015
Of course over 4,000 fans, media members, and ESPN were able to capture the evidence before the Patriots deleted the viral tweet hours later, but the damage had been done. A Patriots team that is usually soft-spoken when it comes to trash talking leading up to a game really showed their colors. Let alone a match-up of this magnitude, it’s not like the Jets didn’t already have enough motivation heading into this game.
They are battling for sole possession of first place in the AFC East, fighting for legitimacy the franchise hasn’t had in years and of course fighting for their pride in a division they haven’t won since 2002. But this will certainly be bulletin board material adding yet another juicy storyline to this already delectable match-up between two AFC powerhouses. It’s a classic match-up between the No. 1 defense in the league vs the No. 1 offense in the league.
Head coach Todd Bowles has already made several statements on this game attempting to down play the hype about this being more than just a typical game for the Jets. Here are a few of his statements about this game and his thoughts on the task at hand provided by the Media Relations Department of the Jets:
On if he’s actively discouraged players from saying things about opposing teams…
I don’t discourage anybody. I just try to make sure we act professionally and we do the things that we need to do to win. It’s not about talking or discouraging or monitoring guys’ conversations or anything like that. It’s about being mature as a football team and understanding where we are and what we need to do.
On what he sees from the Patriots offense…
Same thing they always do, they score a lot of points. They’re very disciplined, they have explosive players and they make plays. They’re very disciplined, very tough and it’s going to be a tough game.
On if winning this game in New England would mean anything significant…
It just means we’re 5-1 and we have to get ready for Oakland.
Bowles can say what he wants about this game, but we all know the fans, the media and the players know that this is the biggest game of the season for the Jets and the biggest game of Bowles’ young career with the franchise. Can the Jets slay the undefeated dragon that is the seemingly invincible Patriots? This game will be a measuring stick of sorts for how good this Jets team can truly be this season and whether they’re ready to compete with the big boys.
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