EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Sports

November 19, 2009

Much still at stake in Pats-Jets rematch

for other reasons

FOXBORO — As I was driving home from northern New Jersey two months ago, I pulled my day-timer out from my briefcase, opened it up to the month of November in the calendar section, and circled "Nov. 22."

From hearing several New England Patriots, including and especially quarterback Tom Brady, they didn't need to circle anything. That date was quickly etched in their memory.

A few hours before that trek on Route 95 northbound that Sunday afternoon, the New York Jets not only beat the Patriots, 16-9, but they embarrassed them. With their rookie coach, Rex Ryan, smugly piling on as well, they talked trash toward the Patriots and lived to tell about it.

Well, Nov. 22 is now only three days away and the "Great Grudge Match" isn't so flashy.

The Patriots and Jets are not only fresh off losses, but knockout losses; the kind of losses where a doctor is called in, holds up a few fingers, and asks "What day is it?"

All you have to say about the Patriots is fourth-and-2. No more explanation will ever be needed.

As for the Jets, it's not so simple.

They allowed two kickoff returns from touchdowns to blow it against Miami (a 30-25 loss) before allowing the mediocre Jacksonville Jaguars to maul their "highly touted" defense (Maurice Jones-Drew had 123 yards rushing and quarterback David Garrard completed 16 of 26 passes for 221 yards, 1 TD) at the Meadowlands.

The bruising defeats have taken the luster off this game, which was supposed to center on good old-fashioned hatred, in the sports sense of course.

All of sudden, showing up the other team, which has seemed to be the tenor of this Pats-Jets matchup over the last decade, doesn't matter.

Both teams had better win ... or else.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports

Local Sports Videos
Sports Videos
Wrigley Field celebrates 100th birthday Phelps returns to the pool Pujols joins 500 club Wall: 'This was a make or break year for me' Klatt's Mock Draft: Top 10 Klatt's Mock Draft: Late 1st round Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft NHL playoff preview: Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings NHL playoff preview: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens NHL playoff preview: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Carolina Panthers NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Atlanta Falcons Too Hot or Too Cold: Brewers and Rangers NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Baltimore Ravens NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Arizona Cardinals NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs – Oakland Raiders NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs – Houston Texans NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs – Jacksonville Jaguars Olympic Great Michael Phelps Ending Retirement
Boston Sports
Pineda: Put pine tar because he didn't want to hit anyone Farrell on Pineda: 'When it's that obvious, something has to be said' McAdam: Both sides respond to Pineda getting ejected for using pine tar Sox finally call out Pineda for pine tar use Felger vs Tanguay: The Marchand tripping debate Wrigley Field celebrates 100th birthday Phelps returns to the pool Pujols joins 500 club Wall: 'This was a make or break year for me' Klatt's Mock Draft: Top 10 Klatt's Mock Draft: Late 1st round Merloni: Transfer Rule 'ruining the game' Gomes: Ceremony showed healing is ongoing Pedroia: Game-winning play 'kind of a crazy deal' Babcock: 'An exercise in skating up and down the rink' Rask: Chara's become better at screening Miller: Flu 'a scary situation' Florek: 'It's a feeling I've never felt before' Iginla hungry for first Stanley Cup Running Strong: How the Bruins National Anthem brought Boston together