Perhaps the most talked-about matchup in the NFL this Sunday will be the skirmish in Nashville between the 10-0 Titans and the first place (yes … first place) New York Jets.
The Jets are coming off an impressive overtime win against the Patriots that had the normally unflappable Brett Favre flapped and admittedly ‘nervous as heck’, according to an article at Newsday.com.
The Titans, meanwhile, are drawing praise from unlikely places — namely Mercury Morris, the 1972 Miami Dolphin running back who manages to get his mug on the TV box whenever a team threatens not to lose a game. He tells ESPN he likes the Titans’ chances to finish the season undefeated because the Titans, like the magical Miami team he continues to milk, were also underdogs.
But if the Titans are underdogs, don’t tell tight end Bo Scaife, who boasted to the Tennesseean, “I feel like we refuse to lose. We have a goal and every week somebody is standing in the way of that goal. We expect to win every week.”
And now that the Titans have unexpectedly been thrust into the national spotlight, writers are clamoring to offer their unique reasons why it’s happening in the form of lists — including this list from ESPN. The Jets have also been the subject of their share of the sports-writer list. Namely, a list from bleacherreport.com tells us that an all-New York Super Bowl is not outside the realm of possibility. But the Tennessean comes right back with yet another list that outlines what the Titans will need to do to thwart Brett(y) and the Jets.
Wait right there, Tennessean. The Jets are not to be underestimated. Momentum is on their side. They’re coming off of one of the most exciting wins in recent franchise history and with Favre at the helm, sports writers around have perfected that (dare I say, listless) refrain of “anything’s possible.”
Need proof? Here’s NJ.com:
“The Jets finally exorcised the demons, having lost 11 of the previous 12 meetings. The Jets have won four straight and six of seven. As a reward, the players were off until Wednesday. Nice move by the kinder, gentler Mangini.”
They’re taking days off. Nothing screams confidence quite like shutting it down for a few days.
This is the part where one would normally offer a bold prediction — something like Titans 24, Jets 17. Or perhaps, wandering even further out on a limb, Jets 19, Titans 17. I understand that’s the custom in these situations where the stage has been properly set for a clashing of two … um … titans? But I defer to you, dear reader.
Do you agree or disagree with this statement: Whichever team wins Sunday will represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.