Bob Glauber has been Newsday's national football columnist since 1992. He was Newsday's football writer covering the Jets
Not even 20 minutes after the Jets' 45-3 annihilation by the Patriots, defensive end Shaun Ellis was looking ahead to the rematch.
And no, he wasn't talking about next season. He was talking about next month.
"We're gonna see them again," Ellis told me.
OK, wait. Like, soon? As in the playoffs?
"You're acting like we're not going to the playoffs or something," Ellis shot back. "We're going to win our games, and we're going to see them in the playoffs if they don't lose."
And if they do meet, will that one be different from Monday night's embarrassment? There's no question in Ellis' mind.
"It'll be different than this, yeah," he said. "They won, regardless of whether they beat us by one point or 100 points, they won. But if we see them again, this won't happen again."
The Jets would be only too happy to find out. It was about the only solace they could take out of the worst loss of the Rex Ryan era. It topped another lopsided loss to the Patriots at Gillette Stadium last season, a 31-14 defeat in which Tom Brady was nearly as hot as he was Monday night and Mark Sanchez was nearly as bad.
"They threw a haymaker and knocked us out," right tackle Damien Woody said. "They outcoached us, outplayed us. That was obvious."
But Woody said that despite the weak performance, there was a decided tone of defiance after the loss. And the theme in the postgame locker room: Don't be surprised to see another Jets-Patriots game next month.
"We were all talking after the game that there's a feeling we might see these guys again," Woody said. "If we do, we'll see what happens."
Woody was quick to point to the big picture after the loss, and he will be certain to remind his teammates not to lose sight of what's ahead.
"It's one of those things where we still have a good opportunity in front of us," Woody said. "We're 9-3 with four games left. We get to the playoffs, you never know what can happen. I've seen some crazy things happen in this league."
"We understand where we're at and what we need to do," defensive end Jason Taylor said. "We want to get a shot at doing this again."
With the Jets coming off this poor a performance, it seems almost preposterous to think that they would have a chance to face the Patriots again, much less beat them. But with only one game separating the teams, it's certainly not beyond the realm of possibility.
This league is about as wacky as it gets when it comes to surprising results. Just look at what happened over the weekend: San Diego was pummeled by the Raiders at home, Indianapolis lost in overtime to the Cowboys and the Steelers rallied for a late win in Baltimore.
"You never say never in this league," Woody said. "I've seen enough things happen where you always give yourself a chance."
If the Jets do get another shot at the Patriots, they'll no doubt remember the licking they took Monday night. And they'll also remember the Patriots continuing to pour it on late in the game, even with the outcome secure.
Jets coach Rex Ryan was asked about the Patriots' decision to continue to pass the ball when they were routing the Jets in the fourth quarter. His response: "Trust me, we'll remember that."
Ryan only hopes he can get a shot to remember it sooner rather than later. If the Jets get their way, that will happen next month.