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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Ryan: Division 'goes through New England'

By James Walker

There is a four-way tie in the AFC East, and the New York Jets (3-3) technically hold first place via tiebreakers.

However, Jets head coach Rex Ryan doesn't feel like the leader in the clubhouse heading into Sunday’s showdown against the New England Patriots (3-3).

“Obviously New England’s had a stranglehold on the division for several years,” Ryan said in a conference call Wednesday. “The three years I’ve been the head coach, obviously they’ve won our division, and to be quite honest, pretty handily. So they’re the ones to beat. [The AFC East] goes through New England without question.”

The Jets are big underdogs Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Ryan is correct that the Patriots are favorites in the AFC East until proven otherwise. New York must win this game to be considered a serious threat in the division.