This may be the last time we’ll be able to see Brett Favre play at LP Field. When it looked like he wouldn’t be with the Packers when they would come to Nashville this year, I was disappointed. When he signed with the Jets, I started looking forward to this game.
It’s the third year in a row the Titans host the Jets. New York won 23-16 two years ago and the Titans won last year, 10-6.
The Jets worry me. This could be a real tough game. They’re just the second 3-4 defense the Titans will face this year and Tennessee has a recent history of having problems against the 3-4. You know them. The Jets, Ravens, Chargers, Patriots, Steelers and Cowboys. Even the Dolphins. The only 3-4 team the Titans have had success against was the Texans, when they ran it a few years ago.
New York is very good against the run and their 3-4 generates a lot of pressure on the quarterback, with a NFL third-best 34 sacks. It will be crucial to block their outside linebackers and defensive ends.
The Jets offense has been putting a lot of points on the board. Thomas Jones is racking up the yards behind an improved o-line and Brett Favre is, well, Brett Favre. He’s no longer in his comfort zone of a West Coast offense but he’s still finding openings to gun the ball to his receivers.
I’m looking forward to watching the matchup between Albert Haynesworth and Jets LG Alan Faneca.
Leon Washington is a triple threat, as Drexel pointed out in his Keys to Victory
. I have not been pleased with the Titans’ coverage units (except for Michael Griffin) this year and Washington is a man who can make them pay for any mistakes. I’m hoping to see some directional punts and short kicks.
If Tennessee can limit the Jets to 20 points or less, they’ll have a good chance to win, but Kerry Collins and the running game will both need to have a good day.