Storylines are aplenty in a matchup that will pit star cornerback Darrelle Revis against his former team. While Revis bid farewell to Jets' fans in a letter earlier this offseason, the acrimonious relationship between the All-Pro defensive back and New York's front office dominated headlines all offseason long. There's no love lost in this heated battle as No. 24 will make his Tampa Bay Buccaneer debut in a return to his old stomping grounds. Expect a low-scoring contest with plenty of hard-nosed hitting as the two squads harken back to the smash mouth style of NFL's yesteryear. Absolutely Must-See-TV for any football fan.
The NFL Network kicks off its Thursday Night Football slate with an AFC East dandy. Tom Brady and company have swept the last two season series from Rex Ryan's bunch. Gang Green hasn't defeated the Patriots since shocking them up in Foxboro in the divisional round of the 2010 playoffs. There's plenty of bad blood in this bitter rivalry as both teams' players and coaches haven't hidden the fact that they have a healthy dislike for their opposition. The last time New England collided with New York, Mark Sanchez's "butt fumble" dominated blooper reels across the country. The Jets will look to avenge last season's embarrassing loss from Thanksgiving Night in a primetime showdown at Gillette Stadium.
Prediction:NYJ 20 NE 28 Final
To open the 2012 regular season, the Jets erupted for a 48 point outburst against Buffalo bringing the crowd to its feet. New York's offense would sputtered throughout the rest of the campaign and Buffalo returned the favor in the season finale throttling Gang Green up in Orchid Park. The Jets have won 8 of the past 10 meetings between the two clubs, but this time they'll have to outmatched their former defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Look for New York's defense to exploit the inexperience of rookie signal-caller E.J. Manuel in a true defensive slug fest.
Prediction:NYJ 17 BUF 10 Final
The Jets make their only appearance under the bright lights of Monday Night Football as they journey to the Georgia Dome to take on Matt Ryan and Atlanta's high-octane offensive attack. Ryan's defensive unit will be put to the test as his revamped secondary will have to contend with wide receivers Roddy White, Julio Jones and future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez. New York will had its hands full with an explosive offense capable of hanging up lopsided numbers on the scoreboard. Doesn't seem as though Gang Green has the firepower to compete in this out of-conference clash.