It's starting to get interesting for the other team that plays at Giants Stadium. The Jets have won 5 in a row and are one of the top teams in the AFC. This deserves some space on the blog as they have earned their way on. Brett Favre has led a team that was 4-12 last year to 8-3 so far this season. The last 2 wins coming at the expense of AFC powerhouses, the New England Patriots and the Tennesse Titans.
The Titans came into yesterday's game against the Jets undefeated, they left with their first loss of the season. They beat them in convincing fashion 34-13. Favre threw for 2 touchdowns, Leon Washington ran for 2 and thus the Jets are making waves around the league.
“I’m not going to sit here and say we’ve established ourselves as the best team in football,” Favre said. “All it says is I think we beat the best team in football today, definitely if you go by record and the way that they’ve played. They have been the best team in football.”
The Titans didn't look anywhere near being the NFL's best team yesterday. The Titans went three-and-out on three of their first five drives and had only 55 yards offense until a final drive just before halftime. Favre and the Jets wore out the Titans defense by holding the ball on offense for 40 minutes. Brett threw 25-32, 224 yds 2 TDs, 1 INT. His Tennesse counterpart Kerry Collins threw 21-39, 243 yds 1 TD. The loss for the Titans snapped a 13 game regular season winning streak, dating back to last season. As for New York it was their 5th straight win, the last they did that was October 2004. They have also won 7 of their last 8 games.
“Now people are going to start looking at us and say, ‘They are a team you have to reckon with,”’ Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas said.
Favre has given the Jets a boost of confidence with his presence. The ability to win is there. The Jets are now just 2 games behind the Titans for the AFC's best record, that would secure home field advantage for them in the playoffs. The ability to win big games is also there for the Jets who if faced with a playoff matchup with the Pats or Titans can look them eye to eye and know they can stand toe to toe with them. The confidence is building week after week. All this talk about a New York-New York Super Bowl might be premature at this point but with the way both teams are playing, you have at least acknowledge it as being a reasonable thought.
Now here's a little stat for the record books, with the win, Favre broke a tie with Dan Marino for victories in the most NFL stadiums by winning in his 32nd at LP Field.
For now Brett and the Jets will have something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, a top spot in the AFC.