We knew it was coming immediately after Nick Folk knocked the game-winning field goal through the uprights in Indianapolis as time expired. The New York Jets have already gotten off to a fast start with their signature trash-talking of the Patriots.
“I remember what happened but at the end of the day we know we’re better than them,” Braylon Edwards said Sunday. In spite of the team’s 45-3 drubbing at Gillette just over a month ago, he is still claiming Jets superiority.
Dustin Keller also had words about his team’s Divisional Round matchup.
“It’s our chance to get back (at them). We’re very confident going into this game,” Jets tight end Dustin Keller said, according to the Boston Herald. “Obviously, last time we didn’t give close to our best effort. You have to go through New England to get to the Super Bowl. And that’s our ultimate goal.
“We feel like it’s two games in a row where it’s payback time. We’re going to get a chance to get back at them,” he continued.
It’s tough to believe, however, that the Jets didn’t show their best efforts against a division rival.
Rex Ryan, who last week claimed that Peyton Manning was better at studying football than Tom Brady, surprisingly has yet to take a jab at New England in the prelude to the teams’ third matchup of the season.
“Right now I’m just going to focus on the Colts,” Ryan said after the game. “I think we earned about 12 hours of enjoying this victory. This is a great football team. We beat them at their place, beat Peyton Manning at their place. I don’t know if that’s been done a whole heck of a lot. I know it hasn’t been done by a team I’ve been on so I’m just going to focus on the Colts right now.”
Belichick and the Patriots have attempted to avoid giving opponents bulletin board material, but LaDainian Tomlinson claims that New England didn’t stay true to that during the 45-3 rout.
“Late in the fourth (quarter) the Pats were talking and yapping,” Tomlinson said. “I said, ‘You got us but we’ll be back. We’ll be back.”
Although still not humbled by the embarrassing 45-3 defeat in week 13, the Jets will continue to trash talk their opponents, which can only fuel the Patriots heading into next weekend’s match up.