Bring It Hard Or Not At All …………. It’s Time To Put Up Or Shut Up !
Well now comes the divisional round of the playoffs and low and behold a rivalry now beckons within the AFC in terms of New England Patriots and New York Jets . What was once viwed as must see television wherein the Peyton Manning led Indianapolis Colts would be the desired matchup against the Patriots no longer seems to be the glamorous tie it once was. The upstarts of New Jersey took care of that by dispatching the Colts with some ease in the wildcard round of this season’s playoffs. Albeit that the 17-16 result doesn’t truly reflect the competitiveness of the game whereby in large part the Colts simply couldn’t get anything done on offense and where Darrelle Revis simply shuttered down the Colts’ Reggie Wayne to the extent where the wide receiver was so disgusted with his performance that in his postgame interview he stated that he should’ve remained at home.
This upcoming game between these two divisional rivals promises to be a game as combative as one would come to expect. Rex Ryan and the Jets are still smarting after the 45-3 shellacking handed out to them in the regular season by New England, albeit that the Jets were the only other team other than the Cleveland Browns to inflict the duo of losses that the Patriots (14-2 ) suffered during the regular season. This time around win and you’re off to the AFC championship game , lose and you’ll be at home watching the remainder of the postseason, it’s as simple as that !
The Patriots will host the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro’ , Massachusetts in-front of a soldout crowd and what’s sure to be ratings bonanza in terms of the television viewership. And while Ryan has been his usual bombastic and opinionated self one can’t help but wonder what might be in store when his players face off against Tom Brady and the Patriots . There seems to be no love lost between these two teams and the back and forth between both parties has been pretty vocal and nowhere has this been more present than with the jocular and at times somewhat infantile behavior of the Jets’ coach Rex Ryan. While this has gone on Ryan’s counterpart Bill Belichick has simply remained stoic and rarely saying anything about his opponents in Sunday’s upcoming game. Whatever talk there has been from within the Patriots’ locker room has been muted and calm although Brady , himself has been open in his feelings for the Patriots . Suffice to say that he can’t wait to get going and offer up something more conducive to his professionalism . Talk is cheap , simply bring it and that’s what Ryan has been about . He’s talked the talk , in part walk the walk but he knows that if he and Jets can’t get it done now then they won’t be getting it done anytime soon.
Both of these teams have been playing with a great deal of consistency in the closing weeks of the regular season schedule , though along the way the Jets had their hiccups . Now come a true test of the team’s resolve when they meet the New England Patriots and they deal with the Patriots and their much vaulted offense and how they deal with that offense will make or break what we may well see during the game. And while we know that the Jets’ defense can stymie any team when they set their minds to it but at the same time we could very well see the Jets crumble as was evidenced in several of their games as their season was coming to an end. .
The keys to this game will come down to the how aggressive both of these offenses are.and how they each deal with the opposing factor in terms of two very good defenses.. New England’s defense has been a work in progress throughout much of the season. And we’ve seen it played out in several of their games where they rose to the occasion or dropped of the map because of their youth and inexperience . Devin McCourty has been one of the more pleasant surprises on the team and it remains to be seen if his teammates will rally behind his battle cry. Brady’s offense is potent with Wes Welker , Danny Woodhead , Deion Branch , Aaron Hernandez , Rob Gronkowski , Benjarvus Ells-Green and Kevin Faulk one can well understand the reason why the three time Superbowl winning quarterback has had the season he has had. With that sort of arsenal it’s easy to see why they’re viewed as the presumptive favorites in this matchup.
Jets’ quarterback Mark Sanchez will have at his disposal tight end Dustin Keller , wide receivers Santonio Holmes , Braylon Edwards , running backs Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson all looking to test the Patriots’ defense throughout much of this highly anticipated game. It remains to be seen whether or Belichick’s schemes will be able to nullify whatever will be thrown at them by the Jets but given what we’ve seen from this offense where they’ve been able to find inexplicable ways of eking out a win . This game could very well be predicated also upon who makes the least amount of mistakes in that all too ever unredeeming stats of turnovers as it relates to both teams . End result being the least amount of mistakes made while taking care of the ball and you usually end up winning . Whether or not this pans out will be in the hands of the players and how willingly they accept the task at hand .
What thoughts if any do you have on the upcoming games this weekend and which teams do you see triumphing in their quest to make to the respective conference championship games ? Simply chime on in with a comment as to your thoughts on the matter and thanks as always for the continued support.
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(1) New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis talks to the media after NFL football practice, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011 in Florham Park, N.J. The Jets are scheduled to play the New England Patriots in a playoff game on Sunday, Jan. 16. in New England. AP Photo/Julio Cortez ……..
(2) New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards (17) runs during NFL Football practice, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011 in Florham Park, N.J. The Jets are scheduled to play the New England Patriots in a playoff game on Sunday, Jan. 16. in New England. AP Photo/Julio Cortez ……
(3) This Dec, 19, 2010 file photo shows New England Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch (84) signaling first down during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, in Foxborough, Mass. When his season began in Seattle, Branch never thought he’d be back with New England this season. Now the wide receiver who was MVP of the Super Bowl in 2005 with the Patriots is beaming about his return to the playoffs in Sunday’s divisional game against the Jets. AP Photo/Charles Krupa …….
(4)New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan throws a football during NFL football practice, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, in Florham Park, N.J. The Jets are scheduled to play the New England Patriots in a playoff game on Sunday, Jan. 16. in New England. AP Photo/Julio Cortez …..
(5) New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6)runs a drill during NFL Football practice, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011 in Florham Park, N.J. The Jets are scheduled to play the New England Patriots in a playoff game on Sunday, Jan. 16. in New England. AP Photo/Julio Cortez ……
(6) In this Dec. 6, 2010, file photo, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick , left, meets New York Jets coach Rex Ryan on the field after the Patriots beat the Jets 45-3 in an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass. It’s Round 3, Jets-Patriots. And, as usual, Ryan got things off to a rip-roarin’ start. “This is about Bill Belichick vs. Rex Ryan,” the Jets’ brash coach declared Monday, Jan. 10, 2011. “There’s no question. It’s personal. It’s about him against myself, and that’s what it’s going to come down to.” AP Photo/Michael Dwyer …….
(7) New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady takes to the podium to beging his media availability at the NFL football team’s facility in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. The Patriots, sporting the best record in the AFC at 14-2 will have a first round playoff bye this weekend. AP Photo/Stephan Savoia ……
8 ____ New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (75) leads the defensive line across the field during practice at the NFL football team’s facility in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. The Patriots, sporting the best record in the AFC at 14-2, will have a first round playoff bye this weekend. AP Photo/Stephan Savoia ……….
(9) Foxboro ,. Ma. Alge Crumpler (82) of the New England Patriots gets pushed out of bounds at the 2 yard line by Tyrone Culver (29) of the Miami Dolphins on January 2, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images ……
(10) Julian Edleman (11) of the New England Patriots avoids Roberto Wallace (18) of the Miami Dolphins on January 2, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images ………
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