Tom Brady did not make the Ryan family happy on Sunday.
Rex Ryan felt bad for his brother, New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who looked like he was going to be sick on the sideline after Brady’s touchdown pass lifted the New England Patriots to a 30-27 victory.
About 250 miles away, watching on TV in New Jersey, the Jets’ coach felt worse for himself and his team.
A Patriots defeat would have set up a first-place battle Sunday between New Jersey (3-3) and New England (5-1) at MetLife Stadium. Now the Jets, coming off a 19-6 defeat versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, are two games behind.
Even when they’re not in the same stadium, Rex Ryan is still bothered by Brady.
The 0 year old coach stopped short of calling Sunday’s showdown a must-win. The Old Rex would have hyped it as a NFL playoff-type game or would have made it all about him versus Bill Belichick, but Ryan doesn’t do brash anymore.
However Ryan did let fans know it’s a “huge” game. YouWager experts believe there was a definite sense of urgency in the locker room. New Jersey has dropped five straight versus New England, and they realize a sixth consecutive loss would cripple their chances in the AFC East.
The Jets let a great chance go in Week 2, falling 13-10 in a Thursday night game. A frustrated Brady suffered one of the worst statistical days of his career, however New Jersey imploded with three fourth-quarter interceptions by rookie quarterback Geno Smith.
From the team’s’ perspective, there’s still some business to take care of.