By: Ian Logue
If you’re a Patriots fan, it’s hard to feel good about what happened down at the Meadowlands on Sunday.
It’s even worse when you consider the fact that the Jets 28-14 win over New England has New York’s players in their locker room – along with their head coach – feeling pretty confident heading into their meeting against the Miami Dolphins next weekend.
After Sunday’s win over the Patriots, the Jets are now 1-1 and appear to be over their opening night home loss to the Ravens. In an article with the New York Post they claim they’re back to believing they’re the team to beat in the AFC. How quickly one game has changed their outlook.
“We’re back to being who we think we are,’’ Rex Ryan told the media after Sunday’s win over New England.
“We did a lot of talking, but at some point you’ve got to prove it (and) that’s what it was about today,” Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson said.
“To hear everyone say we were pretenders not contenders, that pissed us off,’’ Jets receiver Braylon Edwards said. “Today showed who we really are.’’
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez told the newspaper that Sunday’s game is “just the beginning” for his team, and said this win was just what they needed to get their confidence back after their rough start.
“This is just the beginning for us,” Sanchez, who completed a career-high 21 passes in his 30 attempts, said. “It’s tough when you lose that first game; it feels like you’re 0-10. This game couldn’t come soon enough for us.”
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told the media after the game that the fact they couldn’t do anything right and ended up letting the Jets back into the game was the reason they deserved to lose.
“We couldn’t run it. We couldn’t throw it. We just sucked,” said Brady. “That’s what it comes down to.”
Like the Jets, the Patriots are also 1-1 and facing a Bills team next Sunday that is coming off of a 34-7 loss to Green Bay. This one will sting for a while, but even Randy Moss admitted they’ll need to handle adversity better than they did – because the Jets managed to do it better during this one.
“They’re a little cocky and arrogant at times, but you really got to commend a team when they talk the talk and walk the walk and prove it on Sunday,’’ Moss said. “The Jets handled adversity the right way and we handled it the wrong way. This one hurts. We had a lot of expectations coming into this game.”