Nothing gets under Tom Brady's skin more than a loss, "especially to the Jets," the Patriots quarterback said Monday, a day after the Jets won in overtime, 30-27, on Nick Folk's field goal after a controversial penalty.
The Patriots (5-2) still are atop the AFC East, but Brady (22-for-46 for 228 yards) was sacked four times, threw a pick-6 and had zero touchdown passes.
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"Nobody feels worse about the loss than me," he said on Boston radio station WEEI.
Of course, the bad blood between the division rivals is mutual. Asked during his weekly ESPN Radio segment if beating Brady and Bill Belichick feels a little sweeter, Rex Ryan said: "Oh, always. No question. That's the measuring stick in our division . . . Like I told our team, enough's enough, we've got to find a way to win. And our guys did."
No staredowns here
Geno Smith has 11 interceptions, but the rookie doesn't think staring down his targets is to blame. "My coaches haven't said anything about that," said Smith, whose pass to David Nelson was picked off by Logan Ryan and returned 79 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. "I don't understand what specific instances you're talking about. That's something you have to look at the receiver to see if he is open. I don't think I have that problem."
Ryan said the pick-6 "got me down, no question," but that Nelson "needs to get inside of that guy."
The Jets didn't want the game coming down to Folk kicking a 56-yard field goal in overtime. But they felt confident he could answer the call.
"Obviously, with a lesser kicker, we'd punt it down there," Ryan said.
With 7:59 left and the Jets at the Patriots' 36, the Jets were aiming to get the ball inside the 35 on third down. Instead, Chris Ivory ran for a loss of 2. But Ryan & Co. felt good about Folk. "We said forget it, we're going for the win right here . . . 'Come on Nick, drive it through there.' "
Folk missed the 56-yarder, but thanks to the Pats' "push" penalty, he later nailed the redo from 42 yards.
Said Smith: "We call him 'Folk hero' around here for a reason -- because he's as clutch as it gets."
Ryan said the plan is to mix in newly signed kick returner Josh Cribbs on offense more, possibly at wide receiver . . . Ryan said Dee Milliner has "some different injuries," but the rookie cornerback will be fine. He insisted that running back Bilal Powell (shoulder, neck) "is fine," too.