With Sunday's game looming and first place in the AFC East up for grabs, The divisional showdown will mean a lot to both teams. However, Jets players, fans, and brass may have something else on their mind: revenge.
"They got us twice last year," said Jim Leonhard. "That's really all that needs to be said. We need to get this win in the division. The fact that they got us twice last year that's adds extra motivation that we got to bring our A-game."
Wide Receiver Jerricho Cotchery, who had a combined four catches for 74 yards in last year's games, offered a similar sentiment.
"They won the past three games against us and all three of them hurt," said Cotchery. "They hurt pretty badly, the losses that we had last year they were tough losses and we need to get a win against those guys. It's a division game and if we want to win the division we have to win these types of games."
Mark Sanchez, who threw for three touchdowns and no interceptions in last year's games against the Dolphins, seemed pumped for the matchup. Coming off a career high three touchdown passes against New England, the second-year quarterback is coming into the away game with plenty of momentum.
"I don't know if it's a revenge thing. I just know it's a big time divisional matchup," said Sanchez. "With that there is going to be emotion and energy. It's a huge game. It's their home opener. So we know that. We know they're going to bring their best and it's our job to play mistake free on offense. And let our defense do their usual and hopefully stop their offense."
Offensive line anchor Damien Woody, kept it all in perspective.
"We're just focused on winning the football game. We understand what happened last year, but last year's last year. We put that behind us. This is all about trying to win a football game and get into first place in our division," said Woody. "We know we're going against a very formidable opponent. A team that's undefeated, that's going to be playing their first home game. We know the challenges that lie ahead."
Whatever the outcome, the non-football related chatter will be significantly less on Sunday night. Both teams will be looking to take an early hold of what is perhaps the toughest division this year in the NFL, the AFC East.