You know, Stevan Ridley played the first four years of his career with the Patriots. He signed with the Jets in the offseason. This is his first game against his former team. He missed the first meeting between these teams in October and made his season debut the next week in Oakland.
You know, Jets defensive line coach Pepper Johnson and Bill Belichick have quite a history in the Meadowlands. Johnson played under Belichick from 1986 through 1990 when Belichick was Giants defensive coordinator. The two were also player and coach in 1997 and 1998 in the Meadowlands when Belichick was Jets defensive coordinator, and Johnson played for the team.
You know, Tom Brady and Darrelle Revis were teammates on the Patriots last season, and there were reports of a rift this week between them.
You know, the Meadowlands is where these Patriots controversies began with Spygate.
You know, the Patriots visited the Jets in Week 16 last season, but the circumstances were very different. They were 3-11 and about to fire their head coach and general manager. Now they are in the Playoff mix.