After the New York Jets’ heart-stopping victory over the Indianapolis Colts during Wild-Card Weekend, head coach Rex Ryan breathed a huge sigh of relief because he finally vanquished his personal “white whale”, Peyton Manning.

And true to his character, Ryan, still in the afterglow of his most satisfying victory, proceeded to resume a one-sided war of words with head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, who the Jets will face this weekend at Gillette Stadium.

In a span of less than a week, Ryan went from pontificating that Brady only thinks he’s as studious as Peyton Manning to boldly declaring the upcoming AFC Divisional Playoff game is about “Bill Belichick versus Rex Ryan”.

Now several analysts have given Ryan a pass for employing this seemingly brilliant stratagem of deflecting attention away from his team, but the fact remains the Patriots have owned the Jets in New England the past two years.

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