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Tom Brady and Kerry Rhodes Up the Ante

Tom Brady's not backing down from the war of words the Jets started.

"Talk is cheap," the Patriots quarterback said yesterday with a smile.


"We’re going to be playing this game like it’s the Super Bowl," he said of the Week 2 matchup.

The Patriots have won three of those this decade.

"They can treat it however they want to treat it. We’re going to treat it like we treat every game and we’re going to put everything we have into it," Brady said. "It’s not the Super Bowl. It’s not. That doesn’t get played until February."

Kerry Rhodes talked today about the pounding the Jets hope to put on Brady.

"We will hit him more than six times. I promise you that," Rhodes said, according to the Daily News.

Rhodes insisted the Jets "won't play dirty" but that Brady will be vulnerable.

"I'm sure if somebody is around his leg, or he feels pressure below, he's not going to step into his throw," Rhodes said, according to the Daily News.

"Any quarterback can be rattled," Rhodes said, according to the newspaper. "He's one of the best, don't get me wrong. That's evident. Any quarterback, Peyton Manning, even if you get in his face, if you rattle the quarterback, you get pressure on the quarterback, any quarterback it is, he's not going to be the same. Nobody. That's not to say he's not going to come back and make a play after."

Who would have thought things would get even more personal in this rivalry without Eric Mangini?