"I haven't figured out Todd Bowles as a head coach yet, but I'm telling you right now, this is the best team the Patriots have played this year -- better than an opening-night Pittsburgh team that had a young defense which hadn't figured it out yet. Better than Buffalo. Much better than the Jaguars. And I'll take them over the Cowboys and Colts," Bruschi said in his weekly chat on ESPNBoston.com.
Bruschi also would be surprised if there is much trash talk between the teams.
"This is a different Jets team. The Jets you have been used to now play in Buffalo," he said. "The brash, trash-talking, public bulletin-board material -- I assume you won't see much of that this week. I say that because of their leader, Todd Bowles ... [the] message from their head coach will be entirely different."
Bruschi also dissects a possible Julian Edelman/Darrelle Revis matchup and said, "I guarantee you that Edelman isn't afraid of Revis. Julian Edelman isn't afraid of anyone. I don't know how his finger is, because I felt like he definitely altered how he was catching the ball after he injured it. But that's definitely a matchup to watch."