On Sunday, January 16th at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, the New York Jets play the New England Patriots in a rubber match. They've been given the opportunity to redeem themselves after a crushing 45-3 defeat on Monday Night Football to their division rival.
However, somehow I don't think it will be that easy. You see, the Patriots are on a roll and the Jets are their first foe on the way to Super Bowl XLV in Dallas, Texas on February 6th, 2011.
Since day one of training camp, Rex Ryan has been shooting his mouth off with his bold proclamations and anointing his team Super Bowl Champions. I think it's great that a coach would claim to have that much confidence in his team before the season has even started, but he also didn't know he was going to have to come through Foxboro to get there.
In the ensuing slides, you will see five reasons why the Patriots will send the overrated Jets home packing for the offseason!
From day one of the NFL season Ryan continually put his foot in his mouth. Before an impressive last second field goal road win in Indy, to advance to the AFC Divisional playoff game with the Patriots, Ryan was quoted this past week as stating: "Nobody studies like Peyton Manning. I know Tom Brady thinks he does and all that stuff," Ryan said. "I think there's probably a little more help from Bill Belichick with Brady than there is with Peyton Manning."
Now, either Ryan doesn't care about what he says, which may be obvious, or he's just plain stupid, which may also be obvious.
Brady and the Patriots are the last team on the planet that need bulletin board material and Ryan just continues to give them a selection of quotes to post for the world to see.
Before the season formally started, Brady told Boston radio station WEEI that he hated the Jets.
People, I hate to tell you this but he's just not that good! Did he improve from a year ago? Yes he did. But he's not good enough to lead his team to a Super Bowl, especially having to beat the Patriots in a key playoff game to get there.
In postseason play, Sanchez is 3-1 with four touchdowns to three interceptions, a 59.6% completion rate and an 83.2 passer rating.
Belichick's defense will confuse Sanchez, he's likely to throw one or two picks and give the game away. At this point in his career he's just not good enough, smart enough or experienced enough to beat Belichick and the Patriots.
If the Jets were to win, it wouldn't be due to the likes of Sanchez.
It's not old news, the Patriots have the No. 1 ranked offense in the NFL averaging 32.4 points per game.
Whether it's Deion Branch, Wes Welker, Danny Woodhead, the two rookie tight-ends of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez or the law firm of BenJarvus Green-Ellis, it really doesn't matter; there's always someone there to fill the gap.
Since the Patriots last loss in Cleveland, they've been steamrolling playoff teams such as the Pittsburgh Steelers, Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and, yes, the J-E-T-S by averaging 37.4 points per game (this includes defensive scoring).
There's no question that when Belichick retires he will arguably go down as one of the greatest coaches in the history of the NFL.
He is the only head coach in NFL history to win three Super Bowl championships in a four-year span. In his nine seasons as Patriots head coach, Belichick has won 116 games—which is already more than any other head coach in NFL history through his first 10 seasons with a team. His postseason record is 15-4 with a .789 winning percentage.
He rarely loses to a team he sees more than once in the same season. Belichick deserves serious consideration for The Coach of the Year for reason stated in my last article. See link below:
He is without a doubt, ONE of the biggest reasons the Patriots defeat the Jets in the AFC Divisional playoff game, do I need say more?
My god where do I begin? Well, Brady is on his way to winning his second MVP award and has played nearly perfect football this year throwing for 36 touchdowns to only four interceptions and a passer rating of 111.
Brady enters this year's playoffs as the second winningest quarterback in NFL playoff history among signal callers who have made at least 10 starts. In 18 playoff games Brady has thrown 28 touchdowns to 14 different receivers.
Bottom line, Brady is one the greatest postseason quarterbacks ever, plain and simple, he just knows how to win.