Jets coach Rex Ryan told reporters in New York that the coming divisional round playoff matchup between the Patriots and Jets will come down to the performances of himself and Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Ryan said that the two teams and their coaching staffs are equally talented, and so the coaches will play a pivotal role on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.

 

Vince Wilfork joined the Dale & Holley show Monday morning at Gillette Stadium for his weekly visit as part of WEEI's Patriots Monday. Wilfork talked about what to expect in Sunday's playoff game vs. the Jets.

 

Tom Brady checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning for his weekly chat as part of WEEI's Patriots Monday.

 

With the Patriots preparing to face the Jets on Sunday, Brady said he won't let Rex Ryan's backhanded insult of him last week affect him. Ryan said Peyton Manning is the most-prepared quarterback in the NFL, and Brady gets more help from Bill Belichick than he would let on.

 

Boomer Esiason of CBS Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about the NFL playoffs and the Patriots-Jets matchup.

 

The Jets knocked off the Colts in Indianapolis on Saturday night, 17-16, but it was far from a dominant effort. New York's offensive struggles have to be a concern.

 

Don’t suggest to Patriots coach Bill Belichick that the first two games New England and New York played earlier this season will have much of an effect on the third game, set for Sunday at Gillette Stadium.



Former Patriots running back Curtis Martin is one of 17 finalists who were announced Sunday as finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Martin, a third-round pick of New England in 1995, rushed for 3,799 yards in three seasons with the Patriots, including 1,487 yards and 14 touchdowns as a rookie. In all, he played 11 seasons in the NFL, finishing with 14,101 rushing yards and 90 touchdowns.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Sunday afternoon they were looking forward to the challenge of facing the Jets in a divisional playoff contest next Sunday at Gillette Stadium, saying it's “probably the way it should be.”

Belichick and the Patriots split their two games this season with the Jets this season, losing 28-14 early in the season at the New Meadowlands and then crushing New York 45-3 at Gillette Stadium in December.

Speaking to the Boston Herald in the aftermath of his team's 17-16 victory at the final gun over the Colts, Jets tight end Dustin Keller said that New York was eager for the opportunity to come to Foxboro in an attempt to avenge its 45-3 loss to the Patriots in Week 13.

The Patriots have waived defensive lineman Atiyyah Ellison, according to Mac's Football Blog. (UPDATE, 5:46 PM: A league source has confirmed the news to WEEI.com.) The 6-foot-3, 315-pounder out of Missouri was signed last week after New England suspended rookie defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick.

According to ESPN.com, which cited a league source, the Patriots have reinstated rookie defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick. Deaderick had reportedly been suspended by the team earlier in the week for an undisclosed reason. The seventh rounder was active for 10 games this year and made four starts.

 

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