Jets at Titans
Sunday, November 23
The NFL schedule lists Sunday’s kickoff time at LP Field in Tennessee as 1:00pm EST.
Though for the Jets, that might as well be MST -- as in Measuring Stick Time -- which continues for the sudden AFC East leaders who will be tested in a huge AFC road contest for the second straight week.
The Jets answered the call with first place on the line in the AFC East last Thursday night, surviving an overtime thriller, 34-31, at New England. Depending on the eventual outcome of the 2008 Jets’ season, that could later be viewed in hindsight as a watershed moment for the Jets’ franchise.
Having seen their division rival rack up several AFC East and Super Bowl titles which they have coveted themselves, the Jets and their fans view last week’s victory as being a statement that (despite the absence of Tom Brady) this might finally be the season that the AFC East torch is passed from the Patriots to the Jets, especially now that it’s the 6-4 Patriots who are in the unfamiliar circumstance of chasing the 7-3 Jets.
However, as much as the Jets’ first goal would be a division title, their much loftier aspirations –- and the real reasons they spent so much money on improving their roster in the offseason, including the blockbuster acquisition of Brett Favre -– are to return to and win a Super Bowl for the first time in 40 years.
To that end, the Jets will get a chance to see how they stack up against the best there currently is to offer in the AFC (and perhaps in the NFL) when they visit the Tennessee Titans and former Giants Super Bowl quarterback Kerry Collins on Sunday.
Winners of four straight and six of their past seven, Gang Green will be trying to upset the only remaining undefeated team in the NFL this season. Tennessee, which enters Sunday’s showdown as the 11th team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to start a season 10-0, is in the midst of a 13-game regular season winning streak dating back to last season.
Something will likely give to decide the outcome. The Jets, averaging 28.9 points per game (tied with Arizona for second in the league only to the Giants’ league-leading 29.2 points per game) will square off against the NFL’s stingiest defense. The Titans have allowed a league low 13.1 points per game while forcing 25 turnovers.
Injuries could also be a factor. The Jets’ two leading receivers should play, but they’re both banged up. Laveranues Coles (thigh) and Jerricho Cotchery (shoulder) are both listed as questionable for New York. Meanwhile, Suffern, NY native linebacker Keith Bulluck, who leads the Titans with 64 tackles, is listed as questionable with a chest injury.
Boston Univ./FDU winner at St. John’s
(2008 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship
Tuesday, November 25
The Red Storm will begin its quest for its first-ever national championship with a first-round bye before hosting the winner of the Boston University/Fairleigh Dickinson game in a second-round matchup at 5pm on Tuesday, November 25th at Belson Stadium, on the St. John’s campus, in Queens.
After winning its sixth Big East regular season title, the St. John’s men’s soccer team was rewarded with the No. 3 overall seed in the 48-team 2008 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship.
As the top seed, the Red Storm was expected to win the 2008 Big East tournament but fell just shy, losing to conference rival South Florida 1-0, in overtime, on November 16th in Tampa.
A national title however, remains a very real possibility for St. John’s (16-2-3), which will be making its 16th appearance in the NCAA Championship, after playing in the national tournament for 15 consecutive seasons prior to 2007.