Entering the 2017 season, not many would have guessed that a Week 6 matchup between the New England Patriots and New York Jets at MetLife Stadium would be with first place in the AFC East on the line. However, don’t count Patriots coach Bill Belichick as one of those people.
At his Friday press conference, Belichick addressed the upcoming matchup with the Jets and couldn’t help but take a shot at those who have questioned the Jets’ ability all along.
“Maybe that’s fantasy football or some garbage,” Belichick responded when asked about those who doubted the Jets’ level of competitiveness, according to Doug Kyed of NESN.com.
Both teams enter the weekend at 3-2 and are tied with the Buffalo Bills for first place in the division. The Miami Dolphins sit a half-game off the pace at 2-2.
With the Bills on a bye week, the winner of Sunday’s contest will be guaranteed to hold a half-game lead over Buffalo (with the Dolphins potentially joining the Bills at 3-2) at week’s end. So this is a crucial early-season matchup for both the Patriots and the Jets.
Although, in fairness to the pundits who were critical of the Jets during the offseason, it was hard to see them competing for a playoff spot when they got rid of Darrelle Revis, Eric Decker, David Harris, Nick Mangold, Brandon Marshall and several other veterans to clear cap space and begin a rebuild this offseason.
Plus, wins over the Dolphins, Jaguars and Browns don’t necessarily scream that they’re for real, though the Jaguars just made a statement against the Pittsburgh Steelers and are in first place in the AFC South.
Regardless, the Jets are 3-2 no matter how they got there and if they can pull off the upset win over the Patriots on Sunday, they’ll be in the driver’s seat in the AFC East.
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