Ryan: Pats 'are the better team right now'

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Rex Ryan, who has been known to stir the pot with an inflammatory quote or two, was politically correct in his postgame comments after his Jets had been humbled by the New England Patriots, 30-21, Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

Ryan had nothing but praise for the Patriots, who avenged to some degree the Jets’ dominant 28-21 playoff victory at Gillette last January.

Of course, when you have lost three games in a row and fallen to 2-3, that’s probably the best way to go.

“Well, obviously they are the better team right now. The score obviously indicated that,” said Ryan.

“I was encouraged, though, by our team. We did some good things. I thought we got back to some runs and completions. I thought we did a good job offensively. But, obviously, against New England you have got to get off the field and they did a great job of sustaining drives and you have to give them all the credit. They earned it,” he said.

“That’s an excellent football team and we’ve got to be smarter. We have got to play smarter. If you make mistakes against that football team, they burn you. And they don’t need any help with the offense that they have. You can’t make mistakes and we made just enough of them to help them. That’s a good football team. They are the better team right now than we are,” said Ryan.

One mistake the Jets made was letting Wes Welker get behind the coverage on the first play of the second half. Tom Brady found Welker for a 73-yard pass play that set up a touchdown pass to Deion Branch, giving the Pats a 17-7 lead. Third-down conversions didn’t go the Jets’ way, either. New York converted only 27 percent (3 of 11) while New England converted 50 percent (7 of 14).

“I never thought I would be here, losing three straight, but that’s where we are at right now,” said Ryan. “We’ve earned it and we’ve got to get better. I have seen this team. It’s a resilient team and I think we will get better.”

Ryan’s Jets will get another shot at the Patriots when they host New England on Nov. 13.