Patriots - Jets: And So The Hype Begins

At 9-2, both the New York Jets and New England Patriots possess the best record in the NFL. Only one obstacle remains in their paths which could prevent them from achieving homefield advantage throughout the playoffs; each other. Next week we'll find out which team was able to get around that obstacle when the two meet in Foxboro on Monday night.

The two best teams in the NFL will meet Monday night in Foxborough when the 9-2 Jets travel up I-95 to take on the 9-2 Patriots.

With both teams having played on Thanksgiving, the coaches and players on both sides have 10 full days to rest and prepare.

And the media has 10 full days to hype up the battle between the AFC East rivals. Of course, they'll get a little help from outspoken New York head coach Rex Ryan.

Clearly not from the Bill Belichick school of few distractions and even fewer quotes, Ryan got right to work helping the media get the Big Apple rolling toward the latest installment of the always story-filled rivalry.

Ryan has more confidence in his team than anyone, and almost immediately after dispatching the Bengals on Thanksgiving night was ready to turn his attention to a trip to New England to take on a Patriots team that's won 25 straight games at Gillette Stadium with Tom Brady under center.

"I don't care what people believe. I know what I believe," Ryan said. "Our football team believes that we can beat anybody. They've won 25 straight at home, we've won eight straight on the road, so we plan on making it nine. I know it's gonna be tough, but we're just the men for the job."

Belichick was a little more reserved. Though he knew the challenge that was on the horizon after dismantling the Lions 45-24 as he gave his team four days off to enjoy the victory before turning its sights on Gang Green.

"I really appreciate what these guys have done so far this year. To be where we're at has taken a lot of hard work," Belichick said. "It hasn't always been perfect. It hasn't even been good, but it is what it is. We've got a good opportunity here ahead of us, so we're going to relax here ... kick back for a couple days, try to take this opportunity to rest and spend a little time with our families and be ready to roll here next with the Jets."

They're two very different teams.

One is a blustery group led by Ryan, and sports one of the best defenses in football. The other is a more reserved but every bit as focused group led by Belichick, sporting a questionable defense and the highest-scoring offense in the NFL.

Put it together and you get a battle for the AFC East title, the best record in football and an inside shot at the No. 1 playoff seed in the conference.

With Ryan's help, let the hype begin.

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