The 3-11 New York Jets host the 11-3 New England Patriots on Sunday, and despite the Jets record Patriots coach Bill Belichick said New York is a competitive team.
When the two last faced on Oct. 16, New England edged the Jets 27-25 at home. Last Sunday, New York picked up its first win since Nov. 9 with a 16-11 win over the Tennessee Titans.
"It seems like quite a while since we played the Jets," said Belichick, according to WEEI 93.7 FM. "The Jets are playing well. They're a very competitive football team. They're in every game. They've been in a lot of tight games, it seems like every game comes down to the last possession, kind of like it did with us, like a lot of our games with them have in the last, four of the last five times we've played them."
Four of the last five meetings between the Jets and Patriots have been decided by three points or less, including two overtimes. New England has won six out of the last seven, but the teams split 1-1 last season.
Belichick said the Patriots performance in the October game was "barely was good enough," and that his team will need to play better this time to come away with a win.
"This will be a big week for us," he said.
- Josh Sanchez