The Boston Globe writes that this week-13 rematch between the 9-2 AFC East rivals on Monday Night Football will not be a replay. Too much has changed. Needless to say, the context of the game has changed--the Jets had come off a season-opening loss and had something to prove. And new players are involved. The Jets, since week 2, have celebrated the return of linebacker Calvin Pace and receiver Santonio Holmes. Left guard Logan Mankins, a dominant force on the O-line, has returned to the Patriots. No Moss, Branch. Pats have Woodhead. And the list goes on.
New England Patriots and New York Jets coaches Bill Belichick and Rex Ryan, respectively, stand at opposing ends of the AFC East, both vying for the top spot, yet both seem to understand each other, according to ESPNBoston.com, maybe even admire each other. Belichick, the football wizard himself, is well aware of his opponent's prowess, sporting the third-best defense in the NFL, writes the Boston Herald. Where they differ is in their approach to the Monday Night matchup. While Ryan boasts the showdown as a "marquee" game, writes ESPNBoston.com, Belichick concerns himself with this week's preparation and Monday night's performance.
Read more about how Rex Ryan is preparing for Monday night in the Boston Herald.
The Boston Herald delves into the Patriots linebackers' mindsets, who struggled with the Jets tight ends, particularly Justin Keller, in the week-2 matchup. They've isolated the problems, now to make adjustments come Monday Night.
The energy surrounding this Monday Night's matchup even has former players coming out of the woodwork. Speaking of linebackers, former Patriot Tedy Bruschi will be honored at halftime inside Gillette Stadium, on Monday night. Read about it in the Boston Globe.
Monday Night's buzz also has ticket sales bringing in big numbers. Read about it in the Boston Herald.