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Jetman -

I am hopeful that the Jets are and get charged up for this Sunday. It was inspiring to listen to Garrett Wilson today, talking about how he came to the team to help change the culture and specifically, the 14-game running losing streak, against the Patriots.

After watching Dallas trounce us last week, there are major concerns over the lack of offense, play selection and play calling; the O-line, and concerns about Zach Wilson's ability to manage the offense and sustained drives. Right now it appears that the Jets are staying the course and not pursuing any other QB's to add to the roster. We NEED Wilson to take a major step forward this Sunday, as this game against the Patriots is critical to whether or not the Jets will be successful or not this year. We are 2.5 pt dogs against the 0-2 Patriots, playing at home. If we cannot beat the Patriots at home, how are we going to fare against the Bills in Buffalo, KC, Cleveland and on and on.

Let's hope that Salah and Hackett have a game plan to slow things down a bit for Zach, while continuing to feature Hall and Cook and our run game.

Boxing Writer Frank Lotierzo -

Tonight ranked heavyweights Joe Joyce 15-1 (14) and southpaw Zhilei Zhang 25-1-1 (20) clash in a rematch on ESPN-plus.

Zhang won their first fight last April via a 6th round TKO. In fact Joyce was so inept defenselessly and his punches looked as if they were rain drops falling on Zhang, that if you didn't know better it was reminiscent of Sonny Liston beating up Chuck Wepner.

Based on the last fight it's hard to see what Joyce can do to reverse the result, but since they're heavyweights and not terribly gifted other than being big, it won't come as a surprise if Joyce won.

That said, I don't see Joyce at age 38 as a fighter who can change much other than being better prepared and maybe suffocate Zhang's southpaw style if he can get inside, something he paid a heavy price for 5-months ago.

As for Zhang, 40, he was tiring as the last fight progressed but he inflicted so much damage prior it wasn't an issue. His style and offense really befuddled Joyce the last time, actually the disparity was overwhelming. Zhang seemed to find a home for every straight left and right hook that he threw and if Joyce can take that away this time, he's better than I thought.

At yesterdays weigh-in, Joyce at 281 is 25 pounds heavier than he was the last time and Zhang at 287 is 9 pounds heavier than he was for their last fight.

As for a pick, I don't have a strong feel either way and if it goes to a decision I have concerns for a multitude of reasons. But I'll NEVER hedge and would make a pick if Jimi Hendrix were fighting Jimmy Page.

Based on the disparity and how Joyce never tickled or bothered Zhang the last time, and how Zhang shook Joyce like I never saw anyone do before, I think Zhang has the edge mentally and stylistically, so I'm going with repeat over revenge.