The Jets travel to Foxborough, and a win Sunday over the 5-0 Patriots would establish New York's credentials as a contender. But don't expect any outlandish statements from Jets coach Todd Bowles or his players.
"I don't discourage anybody," he says of holding back what his players say. "I just try to make sure we act professionally and we do the things that we need to do to win. It's not about talking or discouraging or monitoring guys' conversations or anything like that.
"It's about being mature as a football team and understanding where we are and what we need to do."
What the Jets need to do is try to slow down Tom Brady. New England barely has been tested so far, and the 38-year-old Brady — who said this week he would like to play another 10 years — needs 43 yards passing to become the fifth quarterback in NFL history to reach 55,000. Brady is 21-6 vs. the Jets, and few quarterbacks can handle the blitz the way he can.
"They bring everybody," he said. "So it looks like everybody gets a turn, and they're just very aggressive with the blitz. They blitz a lot. You've got to be prepared for it at all times. They have big guys that blitz, outside linebackers. They've got the inside linebackers that blitz. They've got, you know, secondary players who are involved, so they come from everywhere."