Rex Ryan: ‘I think we’re going to beat’ the Patriots

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — When faced with the Patriots, as the Jets are this week, coach Rex Ryan seems not to be able to help himself. It’s clear he likes tweaking the Patriots.

His message this week?

“I want them to know and they know that I think we’re going to beat them,” Ryan said. “I don’t buy into all that other stuff. But I recognize they’re a great football team and [Bill] Belichick’s a great coach. I’ve never once said that he wasn’t. But again, we’re not going to back down or concede anything.”

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He continued, “They’re going to get our best shot. We know we’re going to get theirs. So it really doesn’t matter who says what, but 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.”

After a takedown of the Colts, the Jets are tied with the Patriots (and the Bills and the Dolphins) in the AFC East standings. All four teams are 3-3. The Jets travel to Foxborough on Sunday to face the Patriots, a team that Ryan admitted the Jets never really stop thinking about, including in terms of player acquisition in the offseason.

“It’s good news/bad news,” Ryan said. “Let’s face it. We’re tied for first in our division. That’s great. We’re also tied for last.”