With playoff stakes and family bragging rights on the line Sunday, it has been an extremely quiet week between the two brothers on opposing sides of the growing rivalry between the Ravens and the New England Patriots.
Ravens defensive lineman Arthur Jones said he hasn’t heard from his younger brother, Patriots defensive lineman Chandler Jones, lately despite repeated attempts to communicate with him.
“Every single week we talk, except this week,” Arthur Jones said with a smile. “I don’t know what [Patriots coach Bill] Belichick told him, but he hasn’t talked to me. I feel kind of offended. I checked the injury reports to make sure he’s all right, to make sure he’s still breathing. It’s uncommon. He hasn’t called me, he hasn’t texted me.
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“I guess they run a real tight ship over there. I’m going to continue calling him and texting him. I’m blowing his phone up. I’m kind of nervous. It's unlike him. Maybe he doesn’t want to give too much away. If you’re listening, answer your brother’s phone call. I'm feeling some type of way."
Arthur Jones has 45 tackles and four sacks this season, while Chandler Jones leads the Patriots with 11 1/2 sacks to go with 75 tackles and one forced fumble.
“Art has been doing good,” Chandler Jones told New England reporters. “He’s been working on his pass rush and his run stops. He’s becoming an all-around defensive tackle. I’m happy for him, and good luck to him.”
Last season, a 28-13 win for the Ravens over the Patriots in the AFC championship game sent Baltimore to New Orleans, where they beat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.
"I'm 2-0 against Chandler," said Arthur Jones, whose Ravens also defeated the Patriots during the regular season last year. "We're going to try to make it 3-0."
Chandler Jones attended the Super Bowl to root on his older brother.
"That was last year," Chandler Jones said. "This is a new year, and hopefully we can get this win on Sunday.”
Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley played soccer with offensive guard Marshal Yanda’s helmet in the fourth quarter Monday night, kicking it toward the Detroit sideline after it popped off Yanda’s head.
“I don’t think he meant to kick it,” Yanda said. “It was no big deal.”