ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 11: Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants runs after a catch in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Keeping with the tradition he'd established in years one and two on the job, the outspoken Gang Green sideline boss Rex Ryan reminded everyone again this week -- as the Jets prepare for a Saturday home date with their live-in rivals at MetLife Stadium, the New York Giants -- that he believes his team is an elite one.
And not to mention better than the Giants based on recent performance.
"There's a lot of talk going back and forth, most of it driven by me," Ryan said of the rivalry. "But I'll stand by anything I've ever said. I didn't come here to be anybody's little brother. I came here to win, to be looked at that way and to take over not just this city, even though it's the city to take over, but also this league.
"To say a team's better than you that never made the playoffs is ridiculous. Clearly, we were the better team my first two years. We get to prove it Saturday who the best team is this year."
The Jets were blasted by a 45-19 score last weekend in Philadelphia, making their hold on the final AFC Wild Card playoff spot a little more tenuous and simultaneously keeping the Eagles in the chase for the NFC East, where they're a game behind the second-place Giants.
Game time: Saturday, December 24, 1:00 pm ET
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ