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Pats, Jets battle for AFC East

This Sunday will probably be the most important game of the regular season for the Patriots. They are at home against their AFC East rivals the New York Jets. With identical records of 9-2 the battle for AFC supremacy will be fought and only one team will emerge victorious. In the second and final meeting between these teams it has come down to this.

The Patriots/Jets rivalry goes back for years. Besides the fact that we are natural rivals, with both regions being so close to each other, but the hiring of Rex Ryan as the Jets head coach has surprisingly intensified the rivalry. Rex Ryan is rambunctious, loud, and hot-headed. His coaching style is based on emotion and noise.

Anybody who calls themselves a Pats fan knows that Bill Belicheck is the polar opposite of Rex Ryan. Belicheck is as cool as the other side of the pillow. With such opposite coaching styles it is just another aspect of the two teams that makes them clash.

In their first meeting, the Jets beat the Patriots 28-14 at their home stadium. This is not a good litmus test to base this coming meeting off of however. First of all, the Pats still had a wide receiver named Randy something or other. A wide receiver that was the focal point of the offense and that an opposing defense could identify and effectively shut down. The Jets defense did a good job of that earlier in the season. The Patriots offense has been completely revamped and is working better than ever with golden boy Tom Brady at the helm.

Second, what was a very young, scared, and inexperienced defense has become a more mature battle hardened group. Although they still seem to remind everyone how young this defense really is, this is not the same defense that Rex Ryan and the Jets saw in week 2 of the season. The Pats have the second rated pass defense in the entire league. This is something to look for to be a big factor with the Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, although he has played well thus far, to show his youth.

This will be the best game of the regular season, and depending on how the playoffs turn out, maybe the entire year for the Patriots. Two of the best teams not only in the AFC but the entire NFL go toe-to-toe at Gillette Stadium. Look for a high scoring game with very quick drives and big plays from both of these offenses. Don’t miss this one folks, it’s going to be quite a show.

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