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Keeping an eye on Jets' implosion

The turning point of the 2011 Patriots season came Nov. 13 with a road win at the Jets.

The Patriots had lost two straight heading into that game, while the Jets had won three straight. It was a defining moment for both teams. Would the Patriots stay atop their perch as the AFC East's best team? Or would the Jets take over control of the division?

The Patriots scored a decisive 37-16 victory and haven't lost since. Meanwhile, the Jets have been on a turbulent ride that came to a crashing end Sunday in Miami.

Based on the reaction of the Patriots crowd at Gillette Stadium on Sunday when Jets highlights were shown on the videoboard -- big cheers as it showed the Jets losing -- there is plenty of interest on what is happening to Rex Ryan's team. Reports and tweets coming out of Florham Park make it sound like team chemistry has been a big issue, similar to the Patriots of 2009.

Rich Cimini's article on ESPNNewYork.com details some of the happenings in Jets-land (link here).