FOXBOROUGH -- Receiver Randy Moss broke his months-long silence with football reporters Monday night, and said he was looking forward to the Patriots' road game next Sunday against the Jets.
"I can remember Coach (Rex) Ryan talking about that he isn't coming to kiss (Bill Belichick's Super Bowl) rings, so I think that it's going to be a big game," Moss said after the Patriots escaped with a 25-24 win over the Bills.
The Patriots have traditionally used bulletin-board material as motivation, and Ryan provided some in a WFAN interview in June when he said he wasn't intimated by Belichick.
Moss wasn't surprised at Ryan's remarks.
"I think he really meant what he said and I think he has a really good team backing him," he said.
Moss watched the Jets beat the Texans 24-7 on Sunday and came away impressed.
"They seemed like they played with a lot of energy," he said. "I think we have our work cut out for us. The Jets' defense has really picked up, and they have that rookie quarterback in [Mark] Sanchez. So it's going to be a barn-burner."
Moss was one of the star performers in the Patriots' season-opening 25-24 victory over the Bills on Monday night, with 12 receptions for 141 yards. The performance was his 60th career 100-yard game, second in NFL history to only Jerry Rice.
He deflected a question on the individual accomplishment, saying the main thing he hangs his hat on is victories.
It took him a while to get into the groove Monday night.
"The first thing I thought of was getting my chance to come out there and play Monday night, and I was a little nervous," Moss said. "But I settled down and started playing better."
Mike Reiss first started covering the Patriots in 1997 with the team's official newspaper, Patriots Football Weekly, before moving on to the MetroWest Daily News in his hometown of Framingham. From 2005 to 2009, he covered the Patriots for The Boston Globe, while also writing on the NFL. He started his popular Patriots blog in 2004. Send any questions or comments for Mike to his mailbag. Follow him on Twitter here.