Patriots prepare to host the NY Jets in home opener
FOXBORO, Mass. (WHDH) -- The Patriots' home opener is Thursday, as the team hosts the New York Jets. The Patriots will likely be without receiver Danny Amendola, who is listed as "doubtful" as he continues to recover from a groin injury.
Tom Brady generally has success against the Jets regardless of who is catching the football.
Brady has a career record of 17-and-5 against the Jets.
The Pats have won the last four meetings.
“It's always a great game playing the Jets. You know it's such a, been a great rivalry since I got here. I'm sure it'll be another great game,” Tom Brady said of the match-up.
The Patriots and Jets set to renew their rivalry for the 109th time on Thursday night. It's a familiar match-up that breeds not only contempt, but also respect from both sides.
"I think they present a lot of challenges, defensively especially, a lot of alignments, looks, coverages, very smart team, very disciplined,” said Brady.
Jets coach Rex Ryan said this is the biggest matchup for his team.
"Anytime you play New England, that yeah, it's special, there's no question because that's the one you're gunning for. You're not gunning for second place, you're gunning for first place, and that team's won our division, you know, the four years I’ve been here,” said Jets Coach Rex Ryan.
The Patriots have dominated the series recently, winning five in row - but they're not taking anything for granted against their long-time rival.
"It's a very competitive rivalry between the Jets and the Patriots, so I've been on both sides of it. It's very competitive,” said Patriots Coach Belichick.
"You know they always come in and play us tough. They have a good team, show us a lot of different looks and they have great coaches as well,” said Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo.
Despite dealing with key injuries and with the Patriots a heavy favorite, Rex Ryan sounds ready for the challenge.
“You know you're going against a hall-of-fame quarterback and all that stuff but, you know, hey we're, we're going up there and you know putting everything we got out there so we'll see what happens,” said Rex Ryan.
Thursday night’s game kicks off at 8:25. New England is currently a double-digit favorite.