- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 30, 2010

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - The New York Jets are out to make Tom Brady miserable.

Big hits, rushed throws and forced mistakes are all in the defense’s game plan for the New England Patriots quarterback. Maybe even a few hard shoves to the turf, too.

“It’s going to be very imperative,” linebacker Calvin Pace said, “that we get to him and kind of get in his head a little bit.”

With first place in the AFC East and the conference’s best record on the line at New England on Monday night, New York knows the pressure’s on to put pressure on Brady.

“He’s a guy that’s going to the Hall of Fame, a guy that has all of the numbers, has the rings, so it all starts with him,” defensive end Shaun Ellis said. “If we can make his job a lot harder, it’ll be more to our advantage.”

The Jets know that from experience, particularly their 28-14 win at home in Week 2. New York sacked him only once, but constantly harassed and frustrated Brady. Two of his four interceptions this season came in that game.

“I’d sign up for that again,” coach Rex Ryan said.

Of course, but it certainly won’t be easy. The key again will be to get the pass rush, one of the so-called weak spots for the league’s No. 3 defense, going early. Brady has been protected well, though, having been sacked only twice in his last three games, and three times in his last five.

“It’s not about sacking him because you’re not going to sack him,” defensive end Trevor Pryce said. “He’ll get rid of the ball. The best you can do is force him to make a throw maybe a second earlier than he wants to. That’s worth its weight in gold.”

Especially since Brady rarely makes mistakes on his own.

“There is no weakness in Brady’s game,” Ryan said.

Brady is certainly having another impressive season with his 105.8 quarterback rating ranking second in the NFL to Philadelphia’s Michael Vick (106.0). His 23 touchdown passes are tied for the league lead.

“We’ve got to stop him, get some hits on him and maybe show him a few things he hasn’t seen,” Pace said. “We also have to go out there and create some turnovers for our offense.”

The Jets pressured or hit Brady 23 times in last season’s victory over the Patriots at home. They disguised coverages and blitzes out of their 3-4 base defense and gave Brady little time to make decisions.

In the meeting earlier this season, Jason Taylor sacked Brady and knocked the ball out of his hands with just over 4 minutes left and Bryan Thomas recovered.

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