Ryan: Brady is like 'a machine back there'

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rex Ryan sounded like he was reading from his Hollywood script.

The New York Jets' coach who worships Tom Brady in a recent Adam Sandler comedy in which he plays a devout New England Patriots fan, offered effusive praise of the Patriots' quarterback Tuesday.

"You can almost say he's a machine back there," said Ryan, whose team faces the Patriots Thursday night in a virtual must-win. "The thing about him, he's a machine, yet he's a passionate and fiery leader. You wish he was just a machine. His competitive side elevates his team. That's what you get with those once-in-a-generation type quarterbacks."

The Jets (4-6) will face a red-hot Brady. Since the Week 7 meeting between the two AFC East rivals, Brady is 4-0 with 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions. He has won his last three starts against the Jets, throwing for 909 yards.

Ryan marveled at the Patriots' offensive prowess, alluding to their high league rankings -- No. 1 in both total and scoring offense. He noted how they're No. 4 in passing offense, adding with obvious sarcasm, "Yeah, they're struggling. That's something we can maybe take advantage of."

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