The Jets-Patriots rivalry has grown to epic proportions over the years. From spy gate to not kissing Belichick’s rings this game has become a must watch for a number of reasons.
This week’s game is a bit of a different story because of the Jets record. However, Bill Belichick told the New York media on Tuesday, “I don’t think that really means a lot. They’re very well coached. They do a lot of different things. They create a lot of different problems on all three phases of the game.”
The Jets right now are not a very good team and with the fans calling for John Idzik’s head on a silver platter the Jets need a win in the worst way. Thursday night’s game will be the first division game for the Jets and if they can somehow find a way to come out with a win it could turn their season around. At 1-5 the Jets are not out of it and by winning division games it keeps them in the mix, especially if they could beat the mighty Patriots up in Foxborough.
Rex Ryan spoke to the media after practice Tuesday saying, “We can only focus on what is front of us and that is playing New England on Thursday. They are going to give it their best and they are going to get our best.” Ryan is still optimistic that his team can turn it around and who could blame him.
Players on the Jets roster are not giving up either. When David Nelson was asked how is the morale this week he said, “Great it’s New England week.” If anything the players on this Jets roster have to be getting sick and tired of losing. There gets to a point where enough is enough and that point may have been reached.
Another odd twist coming into Thursday night is Darrelle Revis suiting up for the enemy. Revis, who played his first six seasons with the Jets, will be going up against gang green for the second time. Last season he was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and didn’t come out with a win this season with a new team he hopes to change that.
The good thing for the Jets is that Revis cannot really help out with game planning against this Jets offense. Revis told ESPN-Boston.com, “There's a lot that has changed. [Brian] Schottenheimer was the coordinator when I was there, so it's different. There is a different coordinator now and they run a totally different offense. Just got into them today, so I'm still going through the game plan and looking at their offense."
If the Jets want to have any chance of saving their season they must come out hungry and ready to play on Thursday night. If they could some how pull off the upset it could be just what the Jets need to move in the right direction.
Some side notes from Tuesday. Greg Salas did not practice because of his ankle and wrist injuries his status is up in the air for Thursday. Eric Decker was limited but said after practice he will play. Yesterday the Jets placed Dee Milliner (Achilles) and Brian Winters (ACL) on season ending injured reserve. In a related move the Jets signed corner back Josh Thomas and offensive lineman Wesley Johnson.