The New York Jets already are sitting atop the AFC East as they prepare to play host to the Vikings next Monday night.
But the Jets (3-1) -- who have the same record as New England but beat the Patriots in Week 2 -- actually could be stronger when they take the field at the New Meadowlands. That's because coach Rex Ryan told reporters that he expects wide receiver Santonio Holmes, linebacker Calvin Pace and cornerback Darrelle Revis to return for that game.
Holmes, who was acquired in an offseason trade with Pittsburgh, was activated Monday after serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Pace has been recovering from a broken bone in his foot. Revis missed the past two games because of a strained hamstring suffered in the victory over the Patriots.
"It's going to be great," Ryan told The Star-Ledger of Newark. "Do I expect them to be 100 percent ready for Minnesota? Probably not."