As the Jets prepare for their second battle against the New England Patriots this Sunday at MetLife Stadium, ninth-year cornerback Darrelle Revis is excited to go head-to-head once again against his former team.
"We're excited as a team," said Revis while appearing on the club's weekly Monday night radio show "Inside the Jets." "We felt like the first game we played them early this year that we let one slip away. We were one or two plays away from winning the game. I think that helped us grow as a team early in the season."
The all-pro cornerback has registered seven turnovers on the season, four interceptions and three fumble recoveries. With the Jets riding high on their four-game winning streak, Revis believes the Jets are working toward building for the future.
"We have the right pieces," said Revis. "This is Coach Bowles' first year, it's fairly new and I'm sure it's new to the Jets fans as well. We definitely got the pieces, we got the coaching staff, and we got the players to do it. This year has been awesome. It's been up and down, but I think this is what builds great teams, fighting against adversity all the time."
Revis is no stranger to the Patriots, after winning a championship with New England last year. The seven-time Pro Bowl player knows all too well how deep the rivalry runs between the two teams.
"Oh, man," Revis said with a long sigh, adding that the way the Patriots view the Jets is "the same way as we view them, which is two organizations that don't really like each other. On their side it's the same and on our side it's the same. It's probably going to continue to be that way just because of the past history that the two organizations had with each other. That's what makes this fun. It's no different than your high school rivalry or your college rivalry or your NFL rivalry. It's a rivalry that we have and this week we've got them and we're excited."
With Sunday's matchup filled with playoff implications, members of the Green & White are excited about their opportunity to continue their quest toward the postseason.
"I think we have a close group of guys," replied Revis. "We have a lot of veteran guys and I think that's why the younger guys are responding very well to how we approach each week. We have a lot of leaders on the team and the guys follow. Sometimes it takes a while for a team to jell and that's what we've been doing, we have been jelling.
"Like I said, it's been an up and down season. But around November and December, this is when you want to play your best football. We are starting to play our best football and be consistent on a week to week basis."