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A power shift in the AFC East coming?

Posted by Albert Breer  January 18, 2010 03:59 PM

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"Rex came out and put our Super Bowl schedule up. I’m sure people hate that. But we got back that up, and we thrive on those opportunities. We’re just rolling, right now, man. Seriously. We really believe in the plan that Rex has laid out for us, and we’re riding the wave and seizing the moment."

Pace added that watching the Patriots game in September while serving his four-game suspension gave him plenty of hope for what was to come. The team made it out to be a big one, and delivered: "they’re not going to beat themselves, you have to beat them and we did that."

That doesn't necessarily mean the Jets want another shot at the Patriots -- Pace said "it might be a plus for us, not having to see them, it’s always a knock-down, drag-out fight ... Probably good to go play Indy, change of scenery" -- but it does mean that the AFC East race is no longer academic, the way it had been in the past.

The Jets will be there, and I believe the Dolphins are on their way too. Should make those six games each year more important and compelling.
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