EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — When the NFL schedule was released in April, two late-season showdowns between the New England Patriots and New York Jets made for some possible intrigue in the race for AFC East supremacy.
Well, not even close.
Tom Brady's bunch is rolling toward its eighth straight division title and 13th in 14 years. Meanwhile, Ryan Fitzpatrick and the sputtering Jets (3-7) are looking at a sixth consecutive season without a playoff appearance.
The game even got flexed out of a prime-time slot on Sunday night. That doesn't mean that Bill Belichick and the Patriots (8-2) are taking their latest matchup at MetLife Stadium lightly.