Battle of teams 9-2 or better rare for MNF

Tim Graham, who covers the AFC East for ESPN.com, notes today that the Dec. 6 "Monday Night Football" game between the Patriots and Jets is a rarity at this time of year.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it will mark just the fourth time that two teams 9-2 or better will square off on "Monday Night Football" -- and the first time since 1990.

The others, according to Elias:

1987: Bears (10-2) at 49ers (10-2)

1989: Giants (9-2) at 49ers (9-2)

1990: Giants (10-1) at 49ers (10-1)

Bill Belichick was defensive coordinator of the Giants in 1989 and 1990, which means he will have coached in three of the four games.