ESPNBoston.com lays it all out on the table. The Jets are brash. Coming off their 45-3 dismantling, they want revenge. They want blood. The Pats won't waver tight-lipped and focused amidst New York's storm of mudslinging, yet 2-4 against repeat opponents in the postseason. And the Jets, who beat Indy on the road in the first playoff round, certainly learned something from the Dec. 6 massacre. Two days till Sunday.
Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis isn't flashy and his resume hardly holds a candle to rival Jets running backs LaDainain Tomlinson (fifth overall pick in 2001) or Shonn Greene (third round pick in 2009), yet this 1,000-yard runner gets the job done--he only has 24 negative yards for the entire 2010 season. The Boston Herald examines how Green-Ellis has consistently punched through the hole throughout the season, without a single fumble.
The Boston Globe looks at Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather, a sometimes controversial player. Some have questioned his Pro Bowl nomination after such incidents as a severe helmet-to-helmet on Ravens tight end Todd Heap. Yet with 66 regular-season tackles, three interceptions and a fumble recovery, Meriweather would tell those who question his prowess to look at the Patriots record. "We're winning."
Was Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker taking jabs (or should I say "kicks") at Jets coach Rex Ryan in his press conference yesterday at Gillette Stadium? ESPNBoston.com counted 11 foot references in an interview lasting roughly 10 minutes. Read a similar story in the Boston Globe, which also mentions Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork's press conference and Patriots' injuries.
The Boston Herald notes it's been three years since Welker played in a postseason game. But he kept his "foot" in the air last year after a season-ending knee injury and now he's ready to play some playoff football.
Read more about Wilfork, who sees the Jets as a formidable playoff team, in the Herald.
Read a profile on brainy Jets safety Eric Smith in the Boston Globe. A smart hitter whose hits smart.
Read about how the Patriots and the Jets match up in the Boston Herald. Read about the Jets secondary, which has suffered an injury in nickel back Drew Coleman, in the Boston Herald's Jets notebook. Read about Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis in the Boston Globe.
All this week, the papers have been profiling the players involved in this Border War showdown, the divisional playoff rubber match on Sunday. Now to take a look at the coaches. Read how Patriots owner Robert Kraft obtained head coach Bill Belichick in the Boston Globe. Read about Jets coach Rex Ryan vs. Belichick in the Herald.