Sunday, November 16, 2008 1:05 AM EST
It's another Football Sunday, and things are getting very interesting for our hometown teams, which means I've got a lot to say.
And what better place to begin than with your J-E-T-S Jets! Jets! Jets!
Great win Thursday night, all you Jets fans. Great win. Huge win. Team is looking solid. A subway Super Bowl is in the works.
And here I am, egg on my face, right? Remember? Remember back in the summer, I ran through the Jets sked, and showed how terrible they would be, and then everyone had a great time pointing out I was going through the 2007 schedule? And then I apologized, and went through the 2008 schedule and pointed out how this team would finish 8-8?
Egg on my face, right?
According to my column dated Aug. 15 — you could look it up — I had Gang Green sitting at 7-3 at this point in the season. In other words, so far, so good.
Now, I will admit the team is looking livelier than I had imagined in the heat of training camp. Favre, for the first time in his life, seems to playing within his abilities and not trying to break his own record for "most wildly inappropriate passes, season."
Add in what's become a fearsome defense, and this is a team to be reckoned with. Right?
Well, let's go back and see what I had to say about the Jets remaining schedule back in August. Again, you could look it up at www.trentonian.com in case you think I'm fibbing.
Week 12: At Tennessee, where they are simply outmatched.
Week 13: Broncos at home, and remember, Brett Favre does not play well in the cold. Jay Cutler does. Broncos take this one in OT.
Week 14: At San Francisco: San Francisco will be improved, and late-season games for East Coast teams on the West Coast spells trouble, and the Jets fall to 7-6.
Week 15: Bills at home. Cold weather Brett, again.
Week 16: At Seattle. See week 14.
Week 17: Dolphins at home. At least they'll close out with a victory, evening their record at 8-8.
Hmmmph. Not exactly a far-fetched scenario up there, eh? Granted, I doubt they will embark on a five-game losing streak, but the games at Tennessee, San Fran and Seattle would scare me, and I keep telling anyone who will listen that Favre loses his mind in the cold ... 9-7, 10-6, tops. Maybe they backdoor into the playoffs. Maybe.
One team that probably won't be doing any backdooring is the Eagles.
At 5-4, they face a near-impossible climb to the playoffs. Three road games against the Ravens, Giants and Redskins are not going to make the job any easier. So not only would they have to win at least one of those three games, but then they'd have to win out against the Bengals, Cardinals, Browns and Cowboys to finish at 10-6. And even if they do that, they'd still be in a battle against the 'Skins, Bucs, Falcons and maybe Cowboys, Bears or Vikings for two playoff spots.
If I were a Philly fan, I'd just bask in the glow of the Phillies and move on.
And then there's the New York Football Giants. They are clearly — Titans aside — the best team in the NFL. Tough schedule ahead, but even a 4-3 finish gives them a 12-4 record and home-field advantage throughout.
Go Giants. Back-to-back, anyone?