Green Day: Patriots a 'must-win game'

October, 14, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tom Brady inflicted a lot of pain Sunday night on the Ryan family.

Brady's miraculous, last-second victory over the New Orleans Saints came at the expense of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who looked like he was going to throw up on the Saints' sideline. Somewhere in New Jersey, his twin brother, Rex, probably was watching and felt the same way.

There goes the first-place showdown between the New England Patriots (5-1) and New York Jets (3-3). Nevetheless, the game is huge for the Jets, who can't afford to fall three games behind their AFC East nemesis.

"It's a division game. It's a must-win for us," defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson told ESPN New York 98.7 FM after the Jets' 19-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Jets have lost five straight to the Patriots, including a 13-10 loss in Week 2. They had their chances in that game, but it came apart in the fourth quarter, when Geno Smith threw interceptions. The Jets rattled Brady that night in Foxborough, as he struggled with a patchwork receiving corps. Obviously, the Patriots have developed some chemistry over the last few weeks.

Meanwhile, the Jets' defense has produced only two takeaways in six games. That's ridiculously unacceptable.

"We've got to get better," linebacker Calvin Pace said. "It's tough at this point. We know what's coming to town next week ... the same guy on offense who has carved us up before."

Brady will try to complete the Ryan-Ryan exacta next Sunday.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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