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Hype aside, 'new season' starts Sunday

If Pats can complete sweep of Jets, New England's path to playoffs would be wide open

Updated: November 13, 2011, 1:57 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A Patriots-Jets matchup needs no hype, especially this week. Division rivals. Matching records. The national spotlight of "Sunday Night Football." As Jet-turned-Patriot James Ihedigbo quipped this week, the story writes itself.

True. But understand there's no attempt at hyperbole when we note that, for New England, Sunday's AFC East blockbuster at MetLife Stadium is the most important game remaining on its 2011 schedule.

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