You know it must be Jets week when Rex Ryan starts puffing out his chest and making predictions.
Soon after becoming the New York Jets' coach in 2009, Ryan famously declared he'd never kiss Bill Belichick's Super Bowl rings. Since then, he has rarely passed up a chance to tweak the Patriots.
On Monday, Ryan's old bluster -- missing since last season -- was back.
"I want them to know -- and they know -- I think we're going to beat them," Ryan said, explaining his motivation for the tough talk. "I don't buy into all that other stuff. Look, I recognize they're a great football team and Belichick's a great coach. I've never once said he wasn't, OK, but we're not going to back down or concede anything.
"They're going to get our best shot. We know we're going to get theirs. It doesn't matter who says what, because we're going to be ourselves. We're coming up there to take our swing. We'll see if we land that punch to win the game."
The winner of Sunday's game will take control of the AFC East, where all four teams are deadlocked at 3-3. The Jets already are 2-0 in the division, so they'd be in great shape if they can pull off the upset.