NEW YORK (WFAN) — The Patriots have a reputation as cheaters.

Because of past incidents like “Spygate” and “Deflategate,” the franchise is constantly criticized for breaking the rules in an effort to gain an unfair advantage.

It seems that the Jets kept this in mind ahead of their game at Gillette Stadium last week.

On Friday morning, WFAN host Boomer Esiason said he was told on Thursday night that, prior to the game, the Jets asked the NFL to sweep the locker room in Foxborough for bugs — aka hidden listening devices.

“I don’t think anybody’s acknowledged it,” Esiason said in regard to the Patriots, Jets or the NFL.

“We have conducted, for years, routine and random checks around the league,” an NFL spokesman told the New York Daily News. “We do not get into details of specific games.”

The Jets had a great chance to beat their archrivals in the highly-anticipated game, but ultimately blew an opportunity to close out the Pats and lost, 30-23.

“Peyton Manning has always thought that there were listening devices in there,” Esiason said. “And then when he would go in there and he would talk to his teammates, he’d put his hand over this mouth and he’d whisper into the ear of his teammates because he was afraid that there could actually be a camera in there to read his lips.”

Boomer went on to explain that paranoia comes with the territory in the National Football League.

Were the Jets extra paranoid because they were playing the Patriots? Maybe, maybe not.

The Jets (4-2) are in second place behind the Pats (7-0) in the AFC East. They will play the Raiders on Sunday in Oakland.