Jets, Patriots will be rested up for clash

The New York Jets and New England Patriots have gone through a grind.

Both clubs played won on Thanksgiving. For the Patriots, it was their third victory in 11 days.

The Jets have won four straight, and in that span have played nearly 18 quarters because of back-to-back overtime road games.

Good thing for them -- and for our maximum viewing pleasure -- they'll have 11 days to rest up for their big Monday night showdown in Week 13. The more complete these teams are, the more we'll know which truly is best in the AFC East and perhaps the entire league.

"I think both teams are going to be at full strength," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "That's kind of how you want it. You know, it's the marquee game of the year."

The Patriots would seem to benefit most from the extra prep and recovery time. They've been without right guard Stephen Neal and defensive lineman Mike Wright. Running back Fred Taylor was active Thursday but didn't get on the field. Quarterback Tom Brady has been dealing with a minor foot injury.

The Jets could use the extra time to get receiver Jerricho Cotchery's groin healed. Cornerback Dwight Lowery missed Thursday's game because of a concussion. Right tackle Damien Woody played despite not practicing Monday through Wednesday because of a knee injury.

"When you look at both teams and all that at 9-2, it's not going to get much bigger than that," Ryan said. "So the fact that it's a divisional game, I guess the only way it would be better if it was the last game of the regular season. But this is pretty good right here. Obviously, the team that wins it is going to have to play fantastic. We're just hoping it's us."