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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Pats-Jets II: Home field matters

By James Walker

Sometimes with very intense rivalries, it doesn't matter which team plays at home and which team plays on the road.

But that doesn't apply to the New England Patriots-New York Jets rivalry.

Home-field advantage matters in this AFC East grudge match. The hosting team has won in five consecutive regular-season meetings.

But, with all that said, New York won perhaps the most famous recent meeting on the road in the playoffs. New York played a great, efficient game at Gillette Stadium to beat the Patriots, 28-21 last January.

Can New England return the favor and beat the Jets at Met Life Stadium? New York is a stellar 4-0 this season at home. Since joining the Jets in 2009, head coach Rex Ryan has never lost a home game to New England and head coach Bill Belichick.

Ryan and the Jets have a lot of trends pointing in their favor.