Patriots and Jets; Future AFC Championship?

Henry LaborantiContributor ISeptember 20, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19:  Dustin Keller #81of the New York Jets is hit by Patrick Chung #25 of the New England Patriots during their  game on September 19, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium  in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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     The rivalry between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets is one of the most recognizable in all of sports. While baseball has its Yankees and Red Sox, the NFL finally has one great modern rivalry. Last night's game between the two enemies proved that each team can play good football, but it's the one that makes the most mistakes that ends up falling in the end.

     With the way the rest of the AFC has been playing, it looks like the Jets and the Patriots are two of the most powerful teams in the conference. And for that matter, the NFL. While the Jets looked like they were the better team last night, let's not rule the Patriots out. New England manhandled a revamped Cincinnati Bengals team who just beat the Baltimore Ravens yesterday, the team many people had going to and winning the Super Bowl.

     The Patriots and Jets have some of the most well known and most outstanding players that the NFL has ever seen. Think of some of these match ups... Moss and Revis, Wilfork and Mangold, Welker and Cromartie, and the list goes on and on. While the Jets haven't won a SuperBowl in the modern NFL, the Patriots have been to six and won 3. But what would be one of the most phenomenal AFC Championship games since the merger of the NFL and AFL? You know where I am going... The Patriots vs. The Jets. 

     The rest of the New York Jets schedule is rough but not as rough as the Patriots, who play the Ravens, Vikings, Steelers, Colts, and Packers... all outstanding teams. But if my predictions are correct, the Patriots will split the series with the Jets, and sweep the Dolphins and Bills. Therefore, the Patriots may have the home field advantage if the Jets and Patriots meet up in the playoffs. Oh what a year it's going to be. We have teams that are 2 and 0 that barely won games last year, the threat of a holdout, and QB questions all over the AFC and NFC. Thank god for football.