FOXBORO, Mass. — The New York Jets are coming off a disastrous performance in Baltimore on Sunday night, but Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn’t buying in to the thought that the Jets are on the decline.
“I wouldn’t overreact to the Baltimore game,” Belichick said Wednesday morning.
“I mean, obviously, it wasn’t one of their better days,” Belichick added. “We’ve all been there before.”
Belichick and the Patriots, in particular, have been there before against those very same Jets, who stunned the heavily favored Pats 28-21 in the divisional round of the playoffs. That history, plus the ever-present hype that comes from any Patriots-Jets matchup, isn’t affecting Belichick’s preparation for Sunday.
“We talk [to the players] about what we need to try to do to beat the Jets on Sunday,” Belichick said. “That’s what we talk to them about. We try to focus on what we have to do to beat the Jets. That’s what we’re here for. What else is there to talk about?”