It's one of the biggest rivalries in all of football and on Monday Night, despite the New York Jets' 2-8 record, it's not going to be any different when they take the field against the Miami Dolphins. Yes, the odds are stacked against the Jets, even though they're playing at home. However, players understand how big this game is and how physical it may get.
Reshad Jones has been part of the rivalry game for several years and isn't taking anything for granted, despite the fact that the Jets are struggling and are trending downwards.
“It’s a divisional opponent and it’s going to be tough. We all know how hard it is to win in this league each and every week. We know they are going to come to play. It’s not going to be a cakewalk. We are going to have to come out and play our style of football," he said. "I get amped playing each and every week. It’s a tough league to play in, tough league to win in. Each and every week is a challenge to me. I get up to play every week no matter who we are playing. I take every opponent the same. It’s the NFL. It’s going to be a tough game this weekend. We are going to have to go out and play our style of football.”
Jared Odrick said that Monday Night's storyline is simple. It's the Dolphins vs. Jets and nothing more needs to be said.
"I think most people who have an understanding of what Miami versus New York or the Jets versus the Dolphins, it’s a game that’s raised to another level. Each team is very aware of opposing teams and the players and the personnel and what they like to run and what they like to do and each team’s attitudes. So the thing is, it raises the stakes, raises the level of play because each team is so familiar with one another. It’s going to be a tough battle.”
Brent Grimes has only played two games as a member of the Dolphins against the Jets so he talked more about playing on the biggest stage in the regular season - Monday Night Football.
It’s a Monday night game. It’s nighttime. It’s the only game on TV. It’s cool. It’s a cool thing. You get your sleep. You go wake up. You go eat breakfast. Then you just have a lot of dead time and waiting until the game starts. I like playing at 1 p.m. You get up and you play the game. I like that. I don’t like the sitting around so much. It’s a cool thing.”
Finally, Ja'Wuan James will be playing his first game in this rivalry but has been talking to others in the locker room about how important this game is and how intense it may get.
“I just take one game at a time. Like I said, everybody I’ve gone against has been good. I just go out there and try to compete against them. But just from listening to guys in the locker room, I know I talked to Pounce (Mike Pouncey) before, I asked him who is our rival here? We were talking about (University of) Tennessee and (University of) Florida, he said he’d have to say the Jets, and I’ve heard a couple of people here this week say Jets week, things like that. I guess this is one of the rivalries.”
However, James said that he and others need to remember to focus on winning the game and not let all of the background noise and clutter distract them from doing their job on the field.
“We need every game. We like to look one game at a time. If we could go 1-0 this week, that would be a win for us. We’re just trying to prepare this week. It’s going to big on the O-Line (offensive line), there is a lot of stuff that they do on defense, so we’ve got to prepare ourselves to do well.”
While the Jets will still probably put up some sort of a fight, it's unknown just how long that will lost with their depleted offense and with their injuries piling up on the defensive side of the ball. The Dolphins should go in and blow them out but you never know in the NFL. We'll find out soon enough.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. You can follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs
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