In what could be the best game of the 2010-11' NFL season, the high-profiled, highly-televised, and rambunctious New York Jets head to Foxborough, Massachusetts to take on the anticipated NFL's MVP Tom Brady and his team, the New England Patriots.
Naqtional Footbal League fans have been waiting since the start of pre-season or since the premier of the 2010 season of HBO's Hard Knocks, that featured the New York Jets and their beloved, loud mouth coach, Rex Ryan.
With the new acquisitions of Santonio Holmes, Antonio Cromartie, and Ladainian Tomlinson the Jets were picked by many as a Super Bowl favorite.
The same can be said about Tom & Co. With already three Super Bowl rings under his belt, Tom Brady and the Patriots come in with the same focus—win another Super Bowl.
We all know the story—Randy Moss is unhappy, gets traded to Minnesota and is now basically extinct in the minds of the folks in New England. Instead the Patriots now rely on the short game, trading for former Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch,(who won it with New England), and use Danny Woodhead,(a former Jet, ironicly), as their utility man.
The trash talking has been there all season. In week two the Jets beat the Patriots in the Meadowlands 28-14 and while Tom Brady as always, put up his numbers, the Jets were able to run the ball effectively to win that game, even while losing their star defensive player, Darrelle Revis to injury.
Who will advance to the AFC Championship?
Soon the favor was returned as the Patriots man-handled the Jets in Foxborough, 45-3 in week 13. Brady threw for four touchdowns in that game, and some Jets' folks still have a bitter taste for New England's "running up the score".
As Jets head coach Rex Ryan said earlier in the week "It's about me vs Bill Belichick, I can't be as great of a coach as he is, but I have to be on Sunday." Belichick quickly responded saying "I won't be out there catching passes, and that's probably better for my team."
Verbal shots are being taken by both teams, including Antonio Cromartie, (the new guy), who called Tom Brady an "a-hole" ,except in an even more vulgar way. Tom Brady may not be a loud mouth and arrogant player as his actions speak louder then his words.
One thing is for certain—both teams know what it's going to take to win.
For the Jets, their run game must be tuned up and their defense must play at the highest level it ever has.
For the Patriots, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. With Danny Woodhead, Aaron Hernandez, and Wes welker as Tom's go-to targets, their pass game will surely be there. BenJarvus Green-Ellis has proven himself as a running back who can carry the load.
So enough talk, let's play.
The cheap-shots, the name-calling, and all other actions are out the window. As highly profiled as both teams have been, they know that when the ball is kicked in the air, nothing else matters besides football.
Whoever wins this game will have bragging rights and will find themselves having a date with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game.
With all the storylines and with everything on the line, this one is a true, personal matter.