There have been more signs of revelry than a heated rivalry. Compliments have been shared, as have T-shirts, and the closest thing to trash talk between the two sides has centered on a meeting that never took place.
But as the
"All that stuff is really legit," Ravens coach
Harbaugh's Ravens have already beaten
The Jets, meanwhile, are more concerned with saving face than sending messages. They gave up 34 points last Sunday in a loss to the
That probably explains the subdued tone coming out of Jets camp this week heading into a game that carries tremendous meaning for several of their players and coaches. Wide receiver
"We have an obligation to ourselves and to our teams to try and get a victory," said Scott, who played for the Ravens from 2002 to 2008, making one
It has been only three weeks, far too small a sample size to make any declarations, but the AFC standings already have taken on a bit of an unfamiliar look. The
"That's the beauty of the
Yanda, well versed in all the game's subplots, stopped short of saying that the Jets are "just another NFL team," but he did offer a firm reminder that making any conclusions this early in the season is foolish.
"It's Week Four," Yanda said. "Where we are in Week Four doesn't take away from what we're trying to do overall. The Jets are in our way. Obviously, they're probably going to be in the playoffs. That's a good team. You could say it's a test for us, but teams change so much. They could become a completely different animal than they are in Week Four."
"They've been in the AFC championship the past two years," linebacker
The sense of urgency might be even greater for the Jets, who will have to go on the road to play New England next week before matching up with the Chargers two weeks later.
When reminded that he is 0-1 against the Ravens, Ryan, the Jets' bombastic coach, pointed out that the teams were supposed to meet in the AFC championship game and the Ravens haven't held up their side of the bargain. Inside linebacker
That's about where the trash talk topped off this week. Ravens linebacker
The Jets linebacker trademarked the phrase and provided the T-shirts to several Ravens. He has sold the shirts to raise money for former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand, who sustained a severe spinal injury in a game last October.
"It's not as friendly as you think, because come Sunday night, Rex is going to try to beat us. Bart is going to try to get after us," Suggs said. "It's a little different because it's a little personal, because they once were here. We have tremendous respect for them and love, but we have a job to do. They are in the way of where we're trying to get. They see us as being in their way. They are going to do whatever it takes, and so are we, by any means necessary."