In a fight between the Jets and the Giants, to be had in a shared stadium, is there really even a need for a team to be called away? How about we just call them home A and home B teams and be done with it because that's how it is as these two teams clash this weekend in what is easily the biggest ticket that New Yorkers are clamoring for this coming weekend.
In a game with meaningful playoff implications for both teams, it's almost the personal ones that spark the hottest debate when these two teams clash. The winner gets to be King of the city while the loser gets to eat crow, and if you listen to Jets coach Rex Ryan, he has no doubt which team should get the W this Saturday.
"I know it's going to piss off every Giants fan to hear this, but here you go: We are the better team.” Ryan said in his autobiography, released last spring. “We are the big brother … (We're) going to remain the better team for the next 10 years."
In a news conference Monday, Ryan stood by those comments, and his team, taking to answering questions with his normal amount of bluster and bravado.
"Sure, there's a lot of talk going back and forth, most of it driven by me, but you know what? I'll stand by everything I've ever said," said Ryan, adding, "I came here to win, to be looked at that way, to take over not just this city — even though it's the city to take over — but also this league.
"I haven't accomplished that yet," he continued. "Saturday, I think, would go a long way to doing that. We have to win this game. We have to get in the playoffs, and the Giants have to do the same. It's going to be huge."
With more than just a town title on the line, both teams are coming into this desperate for a win after embarrassing losses. The Jets are coming off of a 45-19 beatdown by the Philadelphia Eagles while the Giants are coming off of an even bigger letdown in a 23-10 loss to the Redskins.
With losses such as those sitting in the background, it's no wonder that Rex Ryan is in full WWE wrestling mode this week. He's doing everything in his power to take away from last weekend and if it means throwing out some bulletin board material for the other team, then so be it.
It's Rex, do you really expect anything different?
"Clearly, we were the better team my first two years here” Ryan said “And we get to prove it on Saturday, who the best team is this year. Quite honestly, both of us are having disappointing years, but it comes down to who beats who. Whoever wins this game is clearly the best team in New York."
Oh, and whoever wins this game might improve their chances to make the playoffs as well, just to keep in mind.
The battle of New York takes place this Saturday at 1 pm on FOX.
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