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New England Patriots Links 9/17/09 - Patriots Meet The New Jets On 'Super Bowl' Sunday

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<em>Randy Moss catches a touchdown pass against the Jets' Ty Law and Kerry Rhodes, sending the game to overtime at Gillette Stadium on November 13, 2008.</em>
Randy Moss catches a touchdown pass against the Jets' Ty Law and Kerry Rhodes, sending the game to overtime at Gillette Stadium on November 13, 2008.

Christopher Price notes how seriously the Jets are taking next week's game against the Patriots.

Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins racheted up the pregame intensity level for this week’s New England-New York matchup by saying the Jets are approaching this week "like it’s the Super Bowl."

"This is a statement year," Jenkins told the Newark Star-Ledger earlier this week. "Not just for [Jets head coach Rex Ryan]. It’s a statement year for this team. We’re trying to set a precedent here of what is to come for this organization, and that’s something we’re not taking lightly."

Julian Benbow says Brady should have his hands full with Rex Ryan's defense.

"Execution is what it comes down to,’’ Brady said. "You have to be able to block them. You have to account for their different blitz schemes and then get open versus some tight coverage. It’s an aggressive front. It’s very tricky to find out who’s coming. They do a great job disguising. "

Rex Ryan has a signature mark, and they run a very aggressive, attacking style. So it’s an intimidating group. I think they’re playing with a lot of confidence. We’re going to need to play certainly better than we did the other night.’’

J.P. Pelzman (North Jersey Record) Jets on Pats' mind a long time ago.  Ex-Pat Kevin O'Connell spills guts.

"Hey, I know they’re not worried about us," Ryan said Wednesday with more than a hint of sarcasm. "That’s why they were looking at us in March, throwing at our defenses in March. I know [what] the perception is out there, that ‘who cares about the Jets,’ but apparently, they did."

"Hey, I’m no dummy," Ryan said with a smile. "I talk to the quarterback. He’s our quarterback. He’s not New England’s quarterback. O’Connell is our quarterback. So I know they’ve been working on us."

O’Connell, who faced that defense in practice last season as New England’s scout-team quarterback, has given Sanchez as much advice as he can.

Brady admitted the Patriots may have to change some things because of that, but added, "at the end of the day, it comes down to how well you can execute."

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