- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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Just call it the New England effect.
The last time the Jets lost a prime time game against the Patriots, it seemed to stay with them the following Sunday.
Six days after a 45-3 Monday Night loss in Foxboro last year, the Jets came out and laid an egg in a 10-6 loss to the Dolphins.
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Will history repeat itself on Thursday in Denver?
"Yeah, I mean it could be a problem," Darrelle Revis said. "But we can control that by preparing the right way.... We just have to prepare as much as we can and be ready for Thursday night."
Rex Ryan buried the game ball after the New England massacre last season in a stunt to try and motivate the team. But it fell flat.
The Jets dropped two of three after the Pats loss. With outside help, they clinched a playoff spot, despite a Week 16 defeat at Chicago.
There were no game balls buried on Monday. And most Jets flat-out dismissed the idea of another Pats meltdown.
Revis, however, acknowledged the possibility.
"It happened in the past here," the corner said.
But like a college kid partying the night before an exam, Revis is hoping to avoid a hangover this time around.
"We have control over that. And we have to control it," he said. "We have to control it to make sure that doesn’t happen again because [over] these next ... seven games, we can decide what we want to do and where we want to go."