Remember the days when Rex Ryan spent the week leading up to a matchup with the Patriots by leaving voicemails to season ticket-holders to make Tom Brady’s life miserable? Or when Wes Welker made inside jokes about Ryan’s wife’s toes.
Those days are gone.
These days, the Jets are a 4-1 team made in the mold of coach Todd Bowles trying to avoid the circus that typically comes with the rivalry. As a result, the Jets are taking a “Just another game” mentality.
“Where we’re trying to be at as a team, we don’t have to look at what Buffalo is going through, what New England is doing,” Jets guard Willie Colon told the Newark Star-Ledger. “We’re not trying to catch up on anybody. We’re not trying to make any statements. We just want to win. And everything will take care of itself.”
The Jets have been the Patriots divisional whipping boys the past five seasons, losing eight of the last 10 regular-season games.
Brandon Marshall got a taste of it last year, his first season in New York, when the Patriots squeezed out two wins by a combined 3 points.
For perspective, he looked at how an icon from another sport handled things.
“It’s just another game, that’s how we have to approach it,” Marshall said after the Jets’ 34-20 win over the Redskins on Sunday.
“Whether you’re a basketball player or . . . I went back and watched LeBron James’s interview after his first championship. One of the things he talked about was how his first year in Miami he was trying to be something he wasn’t. And when he did that he had a terrible year.
“It’s the same thing for anybody or any team in any sport. You’ve got to stick to your game plan. For us it’s another game. I’m going to enjoy this one and then I’ll get to New England [on Monday].
Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa was suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
Enunwa, a sixth-round pick a season ago out of Nebraska, was arrested Aug. 31, 2014, for domestic violence simple assault after an incident with his girlfriend in a New Jersey hotel. Charges were dropped the next month when Enunwa agreed to have no contact with the woman for 90 days.
Initially, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told the Star-Ledger in an e-mail that “Enunwa is unlikely to be disciplined by the league,” but now the 23-year-old wideout will miss a key match with the Patriots, as well as games against the Raiders, Jaguars, and Bills.
Bowles said he learned of a possible suspension about six weeks ago, but he was not notified until Monday.
“I’m surprised it happened so late in the season, being it’s something that happened last year,” Bowles said. “That’s the process they went through, and they took their time going through it, so we respect the decision.”
Gronkowski reached 60 career touchdowns (59 receiving, one rushing) faster than any tight end in history. He is the sixth tight end to reach the mark, with Tony Gonzalez (111) the all-time leader . . . Linebacker Jonathan Freeny made his first career NFL start in place of Dont’a Hightower (ribs). Freeny finished with seven tackles . . . With the victory over the Colts, the Patriots improved their road record to 81-42 since 2000, best in the NFL over that stretch. They are also and NFL-best 47-16 in October since 2000 . . . Tom Brady made his 212th start, tied for tops in franchise history with tackle Bruce Armstrong . . . Sunday’s game was the highest-rated Patriots tilt of the season. NBC’s local broadcast garnered a 44.6 household rating and a 64 market share.