Rex Ryan: Tom Brady is more than just a machine
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Is it possible that Tom Brady is getting better?
In the last four games, Brady, 35, has thrown 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions. For the season, his totals are 21 TDs and three INTs.
"When you look at him, you could almost say he's like a machine back there," Ryan said. "The thing about him -- he's a machine, yet he's passionate and a fiery leader and all that type of stuff. You wish he was just a machine, but his competitive side elevates his team, as well. That's because you're getting those once-in-a-generation type quarterbacks. He's just a special guy."
New England leads the NFL in points per game with 35.8.
"When you look at them offensively -- doesn't get sacked, they don't turn the ball over, they lead the league in points, rushing's in the top five [fifth]," Ryan said.
Of the Patriots' running game, defensive end Mike DeVito said: "That's definitely something that they've been doing better this year. We've seen it from the beginning. They're more two-dimensional now with their running attack."
The Jets lost their first meeting with New England this season, 29-26 in overtime on Oct. 21. Brady was 26-for-42 for 259 yards with two TDs and no INTs.
"We made it kind of easy on him at the end of the game, I think," safety Yeremiah Bell said. "We blew some assignments, kind of gave up some big plays there. Going back and looking at it now, we've just got to make sure we all do our jobs and that we're in the right place where we're supposed to be."
The victory against the Jets started a four-game winning streak for the Patriots (7-3), who began the season 1-2. Boston-accented consternation was heard all over New England, but the Patriots have turned it around and hold a three-game lead over the three other AFC East teams.
"We're just executing," Brady said. "Offensive football is about 11 guys being on the same page, so we're trying to get everyone on the same page. This is an important week for that."