Thursday, April 21, 2011
Darrelle Revis relishes Dolphins rivalry
By Tim Graham
Of the recurrent debates that take place in the AFC East blog comments, one of the more entertaining occurs when New York Jets and Miami Dolphins fans chirp about their head-to-head matchups.
Jets fans gloat because they've been to the AFC Championship game two years in a row. Dolfans counter with the fact the Jets have won once in their past five meetings.
Darrelle Revis knows the Jets-Dolphins rivalry is tough. "It always is because I guess it's just that chip on our shoulder," he said, "and you want to kick their butt."
It's a tough rivalry -- on and off the field.
"It's always going to be there," Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis said last week in Dolphins territory. "It always is because I guess it's just that chip on our shoulder, and you want to kick their butt."
"It is a fun rivalry to be a part of," Revis said. "There's a lot of history with the Jets and the Dolphins, and I don't think it will ever die down. It doesn't matter if we're 0-14 or if they're 1-15 when we play those games. That's why they're so tough, and they always come down to six points or less because they're always tough games."
Revis' mathematical memory is sharp. The average margin of victory over the past three years has been 5.7 points. The Dolphins have outscored the Jets 132-126 in that span.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan lost both games against the Dolphins in his first year. Ted Ginn was the biggest problem, scoring on a long touchdown pass from Chad Henne in the first game and returning two kickoffs for touchdowns in the rematch at the Meadowlands.
The Jets won last year's first meeting by eight points in Sun Life Stadium, but the Dolphins won at the Meadowlands, a sloppy 10-6 contest.
That's life in the AFC East, Revis noted.
"I think it's one of the toughest [divisions] in the league," Revis said. "I mean, going up against Tom Brady twice, you've got to be on your A-plus game every time you play against him.
"But also to bring the Bills up to light and the Dolphins to light -- they're two great organizations, too, and we know you can win or lose one of those games. It doesn't matter. The Bills had a tough year last year, but you can see they competed and you want to win both of them, but you might only win one."