Revis on Welker: Energizer bunny

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Revis on Welker: Energizer bunny

FOXBORO -- Darrelle Revis called the Patriots' passing game their "bread and butter" during a conference call on Wednesday, prior to his rematch with New England on Sunday.

Like the first matchup of the season -- a 30-21 Patriots win on Oct. 9 -- Revis will most likely be covering the Pats' top wideout in Wes Welker once again.

Revis had high praise for Welker on Wednesday, calling him New England's "energizer bunny."

"Last game, the matchup was great between Wes," said Revis. "Sometimes I was throwing him on the ground, and sometimes he was catching some balls on me.

"I call him the energizer bunny. Because he never stops. It doesn't matter what you do to him. He just keeps on coming and coming . . . If I'm on him, I'm on him. If I'm not, then it doesn't matter. We have confidence in everybody."

Welker finished the first game against the Jets with five receptions for 124 yards. Those receptions helped hand the Jets their third straight loss of the season, and set them back with a 2-3 record, which led to plenty of in-house tension.

But since that loss in New England, Revis and the Jets have won three straight games, and are in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC East, with a 5-3 record.

Needless to say, there's no longer any in-house tension in New York.

"It's been swept under the rug now," said Revis. "Some guys were pointing people out, and we just had a team meeting, and got everything out there, and moved forward as a team.

"This is another week for us to just go another step in our goals of what we want to accomplish," added Revis. "This is a very big game."

Since the Jets' loss to the Patriots in Week 5, Revis has also stepped up his game, recording three interceptions in their last three games.

On Wednesday's conference call, Revis agreed with his coach Rex Ryan's statement, that he was the best cornerback in the league.

"Yeah, I believe so," said Revis when asked if he agreed with Ryan. "I'm not saying that out of cockiness or anything. I'm a humble guy, but I work hard. And this has been my dream, to be the best.

"This is where my life is at right now, and my situation, and I'm just trying to do it the best way I can."

Bart Scott: Falcons have 'the better quarterback' in Super Bowl

Bart Scott: Falcons have 'the better quarterback' in Super Bowl

Former Ravens and Jets linebacker - now an "NFL Today" analyst for CBS - Bart Scott usually "can't wait" to make his disdain for Tom Brady and the Patriots known. 

He was back at it Tuesday in an interview with CBS Radio's Damon Amendolara, in which he said the Falcons have the better quarterback heading into Super Bowl LI.

“We know they’re the better offense, and right now, you could say they got the better quarterback because they have the MVP of the league,” Scott said. Ryan is the favorite to win the NFL MVP, which will be announced the night before the Super Bowl at the "NFL Honors" show.

“Now that’s a debate, but Matt Ryan has earned the right for his name to be put up there with the upper-echelon quarterbacks," Scott said. "He’s always been elite in the regular season, but now he’s taken this show into the postseason and he’s won the hard battles against the elite quarterbacks and now you have to give him his due.”

More from Scott: “I can’t see the Patriots stopping this offense. So, that means that these receivers are going to have to [keep] pace. It’s all going to come down to what it always comes down to. It’s going to come down to who makes the turnovers, who gets up early and puts the pressure on the other team. Matt Ryan and that offense showed me a lot when they went behind [in the divisional round against the Seahawks]. Seattle came and busted them in the face, and [Atlanta] went right back down and answered immediately.

"The Patriots always find a way, but I think it makes it more close of a game than what people think.”