This week's premier match-up pits the 7-3 Jets at the 10-0 Titans. The Jets have been rolling of late, putting up a lot of points, and with famed gunslinger quarterback Brett Favre playing the role of game manager. This is not the Brett Favre we all know and love, but this approach by the Jet's coaching staff to focus on the run has worked to perfection.
The Tennessee Titans have, obviously been great all season, particularly at home. For most of the season, it was the combined ground threat of rookie speedster Chris Johnson, and touchdown machine LenDale White. Over the last couple of weeks though, teams have focused on stopping this dynamic duo, forcing veteran quarterback Kerry Collins to beat them through the air. Without a 200 yard passing game on the season until 2 weeks ago, Collins has won the last 2 games, throwing for 519 yards and 5 touchdowns, with only one interception over those games.
So how can the Jets win this game? Two words:
The Jets have performed far better with Favre as a game manager, than when he plays gunslinger. The pass defense of Tennessee, particularly Albert Haynesworth, will get to Favre, and it's all about how he performs under the pressure. If he comes out and manages the game in the way he has the last few weeks, they have a great chance. If he comes out throwing, expect a loss.
Prediction: Favre spends the majority of the game handing off to Thomas Jones, with great results. Jets win 21-17