Their convincing 24-14 win over the Bengals yesterday might've finally silenced the skeptics, could've finally won over some of the naysayers who didn't think the Jets were legit because they "backed" into the playoffs.

Rex Ryan believes the Jets proved they belong in the postseason and he has a message for any team out there that thinks otherwise: come and get some.

"I think we have," he said earlier this evening on a conference call with us. "But again, if someone wants to take us lightly, we can run right through them also. It doesn't bother me one bit what people think. We know the kind of team we have, so that's all fine and dandy. But I can promise you this: People are going look at us and not want to play us."

Rex also said he wasn't stunned to see his former team, the Ravens go into Foxborough, Mass. and take it to the Patriots, upsetting the AFC East champs and practically embarassing them.

"it really comes as no surprise," Ryan said. "I thought when [Wes] Welker went down for New England, that was a big loss. And really the Ravens, right now, they really look good to me the way they are running the football. The way they are playing defehse, that's a dangerous team."

Of course, the Jets get to fly to the Left Coast this weekend because the Ravens pasted the Patriots in a laugher. How crazy would it be if these two teams met in the AFC Championship game two weeks from today, which would mean they'd play at Giants Stadium?

So Rex, was that on the postseason schedule you handed out, complete with the day for a Super Bowl parade and all?

"I did not put it like that, I just listed the game," he said. "When somebody asked me what scenario I would like to see he most, that would be us hosting the Ravens for a lot of reasons. I’m not saying the Ravens are going to be a less opponent because that’s ridiculous. But it’s just because I have a lot of personal friends on that staff and on tha team. i’m excited for the players and that organization. I’m sure both of us would sign up for that right now, and shoot it would be a great accomplishment for both teams to get to the championship."

Wait, here comes the kicker.

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"And I wouldn't feel so bad it we sent them home packing. That's for sure."


P Steve Weatherford, who had an irregular heartbeat just before kickoff Saturday that sprung K Jay Feely into emergency punting duties, is fine and Ryan expects him to play Sunday. He’s not even anticipating bringing anyone in for a tryout just in case.

In other injury news, LB Bart Scott (ankle) might be limited in practice week but Ryan expects him to play.

Also, RB Thomas Jones, who managed just 34 yards on 15 attempts, wore a brace to protect a knee bruise.