Patriots won't intimidate Mangini's Jets

One of the reasons the Jets hired Eric Mangini was for this weekend's playoff game vs. New England, Michael Smith writes.
'06 predictions: Where did we pick Jets?

Updated: January 1, 2007, 11:47 PM ET
By Michael Smith | ESPN.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Jets' Week 10 win at Gillette Stadium was satisfying for New York owner Woody Johnson, but he didn't hire Eric Mangini from New England just to split a season series with the Patriots. No, Johnson hired Mangini specifically for this Sunday.

Mangini's Jets earned their 10th victory of the season and a wild-card berth with a 23-3 win over the Raiders on Sunday. Now they get to put their copy of the Patriots' championship blueprint to the ultimate test -- in ...

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