Ladies and gentlemen, your game of the week!
It's unfortunate that these two teams are in the same conference, because otherwise it could be a Super Bowl preview. Still, it's a match-up between two of the NFL's best teams and one that has more at stake than just a division title.
The Patriots and Jets first met in the second week of the season and the Jets walked away with a resounding 28-14 victory. But what's changed since then?
Randy Moss is gone. Darrelle Revis is back. The Patriots lost Kevin Faulk and Fred Taylor to injuries for the year. The Jets now have Santonio Holmes, and he looks better than ever. All signs point to a Jets repeat, right?
The Patriots today are not the same team they were at the beginning of the season. Tom Brady's been reunited with his old friend Deion Branch and the two of them have again formed one of the best QB-WR duos in football. With Moss gone, Brady won't try to force throws against a great Jets secondary. The young defense has a few more games under its belt and won't fold under the pressure. Plus, this is a game the Patriots have to win if they want to secure home field advantage in the playoffs. When's the last time Brady, or Belichick, lost a game that mattered this much?
(Don't answer that).