Is he or isn’t he? Will he or won’t he? Will we ever know, or will we just keep speculating until he doesn’t show up for Jets mini camp this summer?
Brett Favre informed the New York Jets that he will not return to the Jets or the NFL for the 2009 NFL season. He had 2 years left on a 3-year deal, and was set to make $13 million for the 2009 NFL season. The Jets have 3 quarterbacks on their current roster – Kellen Clemens, Erik Ainge and Brett Ratliff. The Jets could make a play for one the many free agent quarterbacks on the market – Rex Grossman, Byron Leftwich, Kerry Collins, Jeff Garcia, Chris Simms – or start from scratch by taking a quarterback with the 17th pick in the 2009 NFL draft in June.
In any event, Favre will go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time, and is a sure lock for the Hall of Fame. In 18 NFL seasons, Favre currently holds the record for most career touchdown passes (464); yards passing (65,127); pass completions (5,720); interceptions (310); victories during the regular season (169); and most consecutive starts (including playoffs) (291). He won the Super Bowl once with the Green Bay Packers and is a 3-time NFL MVP.
The New York Jets sent a message loud and clear to the rest of the NFL on Sunday. With their 34-13 drubbing of the previously unbeaten Titans in Tennessee, the Jets proved that they are a team and a force to be reckoned with for the rest of the season. Could we be setting the stage for an all-New York Super Bowl in Miami with the Giants defending their title against the Jets?
After starting off the NFL season with a 1-2 record, the Jets have won 7 of their last 8 games and are on a current 5-game winning streak. Facing the NFL’s best scoring defense, the Jets decided to try a new strategy against the Titans – they spread out the field and had Favre throw, throw, throw in an attempt to wear down the Tennessee defense. The game plan worked. The Jets dominated time of possession – controlling the clock for more than 40 minutes. Favre threw 32 passes and completed 25 of them. He threw 2 touchdowns passes and had only 1 interception, good for a 103.6 passer rating. The Jets also had 192 net rushing yards – 96 from Thomas Jones and 82 from Leon Washington. Washington busted the game open in the 4th quarter with a 61-yard touchdown explosion that gave the Jets a 27-6 lead, and another 4-yard touchdown run that pushed the lead back up to 21 points right before the 2-minute warning.
For the Titans, Chris Johnson carried the ball only 10 times for 46 yards. The Titans rushing attack has really fizzled of late. Quarterback Kerry Collins completed 21 of 39 passes for 243 yards. He had 1 touchdown pass and no interceptions, but the team never really got into a good offensive rhythm for any consistent period of time.
The Titans are still in great position to maintain home field advantage through the AFC Championship Game. They are 10-1 and have a 2 game lead over the Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers with only 5 games to play. The next 3 contests should be wins for the Titans – at Detroit, home against the Browns and at Houston. They finish with the Steelers at home and then on the road at Indianapolis during the final week of the NFL season.
At 8-3, the Jets have also put themselves in great position with 5 games to play. With a favorable schedule – 3 home games against the Broncos, Bills and Dolphins and 2 road games against the 49ers and Seahawks – it would not be inconceivable to see the Jets win all 5 games. If they do that, and the Titans stumble against the Steelers and Colts, the 2 would be tied for the best record in the AFC and the Jets would get home field advantage because of the head-to-head win.
It will definitely be a fun and wild ride the rest of the way…