8:30 p.m. ESPN.
Line: Patriots by 31/2.
The skinny: As they prepared for Monday night's showdown in the AFC East at New England, the Jets still were playing the "no-respect" card, led by coach Rex Ryan.
"We're ready to play," Ryan said Friday. "There's no doubt. We know who New England is. I know they say we are a great team and I see the sarcasm. Well, they're going to find out if we are a great team or not, I can tell you that much."
Despite the lack of trash talking from the Bill Belichick-led Patriots, Jets linebacker Bart Scott thinks the teams aren't all that different in attitude, at least deep down.
"I think they have the same cocky attitude that we have," Scott said. "They just don't say it, because it's not allowed [by Belichick]. They keep it internal, and we just let it [out]. I think they have the same confidence and the same swagger that we have. With them, it's that arrogant smirk. They're saying the same things with their body language that we're saying with our mouths."
The team that wins tonight will get a lot more than bragging rights. Both teams are 9-2. The victor will have the lead in the AFC East and an excellent shot at the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs.
The Jets will have to do it without safety Jim Leonhard, one of the emotional leaders of the team. Leonhard was placed on injured reserve Saturday after suffering a broken right leg in a freak practice collision Friday.
- McClatchy Tribune