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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- You hear that? There's a strange sound coming from the New York Jets' locker room:
Silence -- at least when the subject is the prospect of a New York-New York Super Bowl.
The Jets (5-1) and Giants (5-2) are tied for the best record in their respective conferences, causing imaginations to run wild even though there's still 10 weeks remaining in the regular season. Ordinarily, the Jets wouldn't pass up an opportunity to boast about their potential -- bravado is in their DNA -- but they mostly shrugged Wednesday when asked about the Giants' rise and the delicious possibility of a February meeting in Dallas.
|Damien Woody (67) say the Jets are focused on their own performance, not the Giants.|
Frankly, the Jets don't give a damn about their local rivals.
"I'll dream about [the Super Bowl] ... but the opponent doesn't matter to me," coach Rex Ryan said. "It could be the Giants, it could be Dallas, it could be anybody. As long as we're there, I could care less who we play."
Maybe it's a sign the times are changing. Maybe the Jets have outgrown their inferiority complex with regard to the Giants. In the past, the attention-seeking Jets would've jumped at the opportunity to compare themselves to the tradition-rich Giants.
Now they're concerned with other things, namely the Green Bay Packers (4-3), whom they face Sunday at the New Meadowland Stadium.
"I know we do a good job of talking about the Super Bowl and all that stuff," right tackle Damien Woody said, "but I have too many worries on my hands to think about the Giants. I can't worry about what the Giants have going on."
The Jets, winners of five straight, were the hot team in New York through the preseason and into October. But now the Giants have a four-game winning streak heading into their bye, fueling the premature Super Bowl chatter.
"It would be cool," Jets linebacker Calvin Pace said. "If everything works out as planned and we meet each other, it would be something special."
The Jets opened 2010 against the Giants, meeting them in the first preseason game. It would make for a symmetrical season, facing them in the final game -- the big game.
"No disrespect to the New York Giants," cornerback Darrelle Revis said, "but I don't pay attention to them. We have a lot of stuff here we want to accomplish. I don't think anyone in our locker room should be focused on what the Giants are doing."
Does any of this sound familiar? It should. In 2008, the Jets were flying at 8-3, the Giants at 11-1, and there was intense Super Bowl talk. For different reasons, both teams faded in the stretch, the Jets failing to even make the playoffs.
Maybe that's why right guard Brandon Moore, one of the wise heads of the Jets' locker room, responded this way when asked about the prospect of a New York-New York Super Bowl:
"Oh," he said, rolling his eyes, "are they talking about that again?"
Rich Cimini covers the Jets for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter.
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