Rex Ryan has been talking since the beginning of the week about how the Jets are the better team heading into Saturday's Christmas Eve matchup with the Giants.
On Wednesday, the Giants started firing back. Guess those fighting words were too much for the Giants to heed Tom Coughlin's request for a calm, quiet week.
Brandon Jacobs issued arguably the strongest statement about which is the most popular team in New York.
"They're going to need a hell of a lot more than this game to make that happen," Jacobs said.
And off the Giants went, flaming not only Ryan but cornerback Darrelle Revis.
"Yeah, teams really aren't scared anymore," Cruz said. "He's had to earn his money this year, and teams aren't backing down.
"I feel like we're going to do the same thing. We're going to go out until he physically stops us, and we're going to spread the ball around."
Mario Manningham also had his say about the Jets' secondary.
"I'm not about to give their corners credit because I feel that their scheme gives their corners good man cover," he said. "They have to play a lot of man because of the way they run their defense."
As for Ryan's assertion that the Jets have been the more successful team in New York, Kareem McKenzie pointed at the Giants' 2007 Super Bowl win as proof otherwise.
"Which team had the most success in terms of winning a championship?" McKenzie asked. "Plain and simple, there it is.
"Chirp if you want. That's up to the individual who wants to go ahead and talk. I don't think it'll have any outcome on the game itself.
"Unless he's going to suit up, I don't see that it makes any difference."