The Jets vs. Patriots game banter is getting out of control now. The 2011 NFL Playoffs have a Jets vs. Patriots game taking place this weekend, and New York has taken every opportunity they can to toss out barbs in the press. It doesn’t matter what the question is, or what Jets players and coaches are talking about, but they can’t stop ridiculing the New England Patriots.
The Patriots host the Jets on Sunday afternoon, a game that New England won the right to host by having the best record in the AFC this season. That’s right, the Patriots had the best record in the AFC after winning the AFC East; the same division the Jets are in. Yes, it’s also the same Patriots team that crushed the Jets on Dec. 6 in a 45-3 drubbing. Maybe that is why many Jets players and their head coach are lashing out in the media now: because they feel they need to compensate for something.
We wrote about that game back in December, and noted how much of a let-down it was for fans who tuned into ESPN. It was a Monday night embarrassment for the Jets on national television, and a game that quickly became unwatchable. Now the two teams meet up in the second round of the 2011 AFC Playoffs, with one of them advancing to the AFC Championship Game next weekend.
According to ESPN, Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie is the latest Jets player to throw nasty comments toward the Patriots, letting everyone know how he felt about quarterback Tom Brady. It follows comments that head coach Rex Ryan and fellow cornerback Darrelle Revis have made about the Patriots the past couple of days. Each day it seems like the Jets are complaining or laying the ground work to talk about the Patriots in a derogatory manner.
Want to know how most NFL fans feel about the Jets vs. Patriots banter? They wish it would just go away, that the game would be played immediately, and that the Jets would be sent packing. There are few fans outside of the New York area who enjoy listening to this gibberish every day, even though it creates good headlines for any online sports website trying to write up an article.
We get it. The Jets and the Patriots don’t like each other. Until the Jets can actually beat the Patriots in an important game (on the road), this isn’t really as interesting as New York wants to make it sound. The Patriots are three-time Super Bowl champions and just went 14-2 in the same division as the Jets. They come into this game as a heavy favorite to beat the Jets once again, so it’s easy to see why the Jets feel the need to lash out. How about we try something new, and the Jets simply try to prove it on the field Sunday?
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