Jets-Patriots, Ravens-Texans, Redskins-Giants highlight Week 7

It is the rivalry that gave us Rex Ryan's assertion that he wasn't being hired to kiss Bill Belichick's rings. (Later, the New England Patriots coach admitted no one had actually ever done that.)

It brought Revis Island to the national stage, thanks to New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis shutting down Randy Moss. It spawned Gang Green linebacker Bart Scott's catch phrase "Can't wait!," while also introducing us to a Pats defense that couldn't stop a nosebleed.

It was the backdrop to Wes Welker's sly jokes about "foot soldiers," and cornerback Antonio Cromartie's name-calling of a certain title-winning quarterback.

There might be better on-field showdowns (Steelers-Ravens comes to mind). There might be more heated rivalries (perhaps Giants-Eagles). But for pure drama? For the week of buildup? For a game I can't wait to watch?

I'll take Jets-Patriots every single time. And the next installment kicks off Sunday in Gillette Stadium at 4:25 p.m. ET.

Here is your Week 7 primer, with games ranked by intrigue, from 1 to 13:

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