No, what I’m getting ready to circle on my calendar are the two games against the AFC East rival New York Jets.
After a 14-2 regular season, MVP Tom Brady and the Patriots were the better team heading into the playoffs last season and seemed primed for a Super Bowl run. Yet the Jets outplayed them in Foxborough as Rex Ryan and company created a phenomenal defensive game plan that stifled Brady’s passing game. The day ended with the J-E-T-S pulling out a 28-21 upset.
“It’s like you’re on the treadmill running at 10 miles an hour and then someone just hits the stop button,” Brady told the Associated Press after the game. “I think we’re a pretty good football team, but not when we play like today.”
“We were ready to play,” said New England coach Bill Belichick. “We just didn’t do a good job.”
I can’t wait for the Patriots to get back on the field against their heated rivals with something to prove.
And I don’t think Brady, Belichick and crew can either.