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Patriots-Jets matchup of the day: Tuesday

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By Kevin Fishbain

Here's a key matchup to watch in the Week Five game between the Patriots and Jets:

Patriots QB Tom Brady vs. Jets head coach Rex Ryan

All eyes will be on the chess match between Brady and the Patriots' offense against whatever Rex Ryan has cooked up for him. Regardless of the struggles the Jets' defense has had, especially against the run, there's little doubt it will bring everything it has after Brady to get above .500.

The Pats had a different kind of offense when the two teams first met last season, with Randy Moss being a focal point. With the short-to-intermediate passing game in full force when they met again in December, Brady picked apart the Jets' secondary en route to a 45-3 win.

But Brady was confounded in the playoff meeting. He threw a pick and was sacked five times in a 28-21 loss. The Jets ended Brady's streak of 11 consecutive games without an interception and eight consecutive games with a QB rating over 100. How did they do it? Rex Ryan is a fan of using many defensive backs to pressure opposing receivers, while counting on the D-line to bring pressure.

Brady is best at attacking a defense's weakness, so don't expect him to target Darrelle Revis. That could mean a lot of targets for TE Rob Gronkowski and the team's running backs. Brady has been sacked only four times, but the Jets would benefit by getting pressure on him up the middle.

It will be interesting to see what kind of defense the Jets open with and how Brady adjusts.

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