Whenever the New England Patriots and New York Jets get together, it's generally a fun time. Not only is the game must-see TV, but the words coming out of Rex Ryan's mouth are usually entertaining, too.
That's what we're in for this week as Tom Brady and the Pats prepare to take on Mark Sanchez and the Jets this Sunday at Gillette Stadium in the biggest game of the season for both teams so far.
New England (3-1) is coming off a solid win over a pesky Oakland Raiders team. Brady continued his dominance of opposing defenses, picking apart the Raider defense for 226 yards and two touchdowns as the Pats beat down the Raiders, 31-19, on Sunday. Wes Welker caught one touchdown pass from Brady and racked up 158 yards on nine catches. Through four games, Brady has 1,553 yards and 13 touchdowns and is averaging 388.2 yards per game.
The Jets (2-2) are coming off a disappointing loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football. Sanchez and the Jets fell behind 27-17 at halftime, and the Ravens scored one touchdown in the third quarter to seal the win. In the loss, Sanchez threw for 119 yards and tossed one interception on 11-of-35 passing.
Brady and company have a chance to catch the Jets off guard, with Sanchez struggling and the home field advantage. Yet the last time these two teams met, the circumstances were somewhat similar. With the Patriots receiving a first round bye in the AFC Playoffs, the Pats and Jets met in the divisional round at Gillette, and the Jets walked away with a surprising 28-21 win and advanced to the AFC Championship Game, where they lost.
Signs point to New England in this one, but as history has proven, anything can happen.