Old friend Darrelle Revis and the New York Jets are coming to town this weekend to face the Patriots in a battle for first place in the AFC East.
Sunday's game will be the first time Revis plays at Gillette Stadium since the AFC Championship Game in January when he was still a member of the Patriots, and he doesn't exactly expect a warm welcome from Patriots fans.
Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk:
“I don’t think I’ll be welcomed back with open arms, I’ll tell you that,” Revis said, via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News.
Personally, I would cheer Revis. He helped win the Patriots at title and it was likely it was going to be a short marriage anyway. You can never blame a football player for asking for as much money as possible, given their careers can end in a second.
Revis said he felt most comfortable being in New York, and who could blame him? That was the team that drafted him, and that was where he made a name for himself.
“This is where I feel most comfortable at,” he said. “This is home to me. Going back up there to play in New England, it will be fun.
Feelings for the Patriots aside, Revis and the Jets sound like they're ready to go on Sunday.
Lorenzo Reyes of USA Today:
“They’ve run this division for a while, so we have to get after it,” defensive end Sheldon Richardson said.
True, the Patriots have won the AFC East every season since 2009, so this is a huge game for the Jets. It's also a big game for the Patriots as well, as they look to improve their division record to 2-0 and hold a firm grasp of first place. They're not clinging to it now by any means, but they don't want to give the Jets any sort of life.
By all accounts, it looks like the Jets will be New England's main AFC East competition moving forward. The Jets are in control of second place in the division by a wide margin at 4-1 and are miles better than both the Bills and Dolphins. Things can obviously change, but right now, this could be the biggest game of the year for both teams.
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