On Monday December 6th, The New York Jets (9-2) and New England Patriots (9-2) will be in the national spotlight as they clash for the second time this season in what's sure to be the game of the year.
In a rivalry that's been hyped up ever since Bill Belichick jumped off the Jets' ship and ran to New England, contests between these two teams are always heated and there is no exception on Monday night. In addition to the tensions of an already existing rivalry, there are additional implications this game holds that make it all the more dramatic.
Sole ownership of first place in the AFC East hangs in the balance.
Many playoff implications are abound as the winner of this game is most surely going to take the top seed in the AFC and secure a first round bye and home field advantage throughout the post-season.
The loser of the game could possibly miss the playoffs. The remaining schedules for both teams is no walk in the park and a wild card birth in this AFC is highly contested. It seems almost certain that an 11 win team will miss the playoffs this season.
You might be thinking "surely you can't be serious!"
In the immortal words of the recently departed Leslie Neilsen: I am serious... and don't call me Shirley.
Here are 10 things to watch for in a game that's sure to be one for the ages.