Jets' Jim Leonhard: Pats not invincible

November, 7, 2011
11/07/11
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The rematch between the New England Patriots (5-3) and New York Jets (5-3) will take place Sunday night in prime time. It is one of the NFL's best rivalries, and first place in the AFC East will be on the line.

Jets starting safety Jim Leonhard spoke with New York reporters Monday and provided some early thoughts on New England.

(On being tied for the AFC East lead)

Leonhard: We've known all along that it's going to come down to November and December. We had our rough patch earlier this year, but we came out of it and now everything's in front of us. We know we need to play well. They are who they are. They're a great football team and we need to come out and play well.

(On whether he's surprised New England lost two in a row)

Leonhard: It happens. They're not invincible. They're a great football team, but they've got beat by some pretty good teams, as well. I don't think they're going to panic up in New England, and we're not going to feel sorry for them, either.

If you thought last week was wild in the blog with Jets-Bills, wait until this week with the Patriots-Jets grudge match.

Stay tuned.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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