Monday Night Football played host to a rather boring affair in Week 12. Luckily, this week's events should make up for this scheduling blunder, as the New York Jets head to the New England Patriots for the top spot in the AFC East.
Currently, New York and New England are at their peak this season, each with 9-2 records. And even though both teams have endured a couple of hiccups along the way, it has become painfully clear that these really are the two best teams in the AFC this season.
On one hand, you have the Jets, who are ranked 11th in both pass yards and points scored. Mark Sanchez was a little shaky toward midseason, but luckily Santonio Holmes has earned his paycheck this season, turning on the afterburners as the weeks progress.
Opposite New York this Monday is of course the Patriots, who look fantastic on offense with the No. 1 point-scoring team in the league. Randy Moss who? That's the question Patriot fans have forgotten about as Deion Branch, Wes Welker, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and tight end Rob Gronkowski continue to pay dividends.
With this all said and done now, who takes home the victory?
Last time these two teams met back in Week 2, the Jets snatched a 28-14 victory, even though the game was a lot closer than the scoreboard indicated. This time around, expect it to be just as close, especially since the Patriots do have home field advantage.
Finally, keep an eye on the defense, because more often than not these big games turn into a defensive battle. The Packers trip to Atlanta proved this statement true last week, and now the Jets and Patriots must try and limit the opposing offense whenever possible.
Rex Ryan is confident about the Super Bowl as usual, and Bill Belichick has kept quiet as he schemes his usual plan. It's typical Jets-Patriots football, so expect the normal showdown once again this weekend.