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The Showdown Before The Showdown

As a Jets fan for 30 years, since that fateful day when I first saw the Joe Namath poster in my cousins Gary's bedroom, I've seen alot. I've never seen a Jet quarterback raise a single finger in the air in ultimate victory, other than on replays of Super Bowl 111, but I've seen alot. Blown calls, blown games, stupid coaching decisions, future genius coaches mumbling resignations, miracle wins for the opponent, and as recently as last week, a miracle win for the Jets. Maybe, just maybe, as the Jets prepare to face the Seahawks this Sunday this last lucky break is a sign of things to come. Maybe Brett Favre will show the form he showed in beating the Pats in overtime or dismantling the then undefeated Titans when, for a brief moment, the Jets were on top of the league. Make no mistake about it, the Jets fortunes lie solely on the right shoulder of their aging gunslinger. Without any consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks, the sudden inability to stop the run and simply tackle and big Kris Jenkins three week disappearing act, the Jets offense is going to have to put points on the board to win this game, this supposed calm before the storm heading our way in oh so pretty teal and orange on December 28th. Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren has been a mentor, father figure and dear friend of Brett Favre's for many years now. Maybe the Big Show will let an old pal have one, steal one at the end, or make just one call at a crucial point in the game that lets the Jets come out of the Pacific Northwest with a W. I wouldn't count on that, though. I expect the Jets to have to play their best to beat the Hawks in Holmgren's last home game, and that means letting TJ and Leon Washington do what they do best and Brett Favre making big plays in the passing game, and making those plays to the guys with the green and white shirts on. The football gods seemed to pre-ordain this one the day the Jets traded for Favre, and sealed the deal a day later when Pennington signed with the Fins. Of course Chad was going to have a great year and lead last year's laughingstock Miami Dolphins into the Meadowlands with the division on the line the last game of the year and of course the Jets would lose games to Oakland and San Franciso any legitimate playoff contender would have no business losing to make the last game do or die. Here's to hoping our old pal Chad has just enough left in that painfully average but accurate right arm of his to keep the game exciting enough to enjoy, but not quite enough to win. The showdown before the showdown, indeed, IF the Jets win this week. I think they will, and I think the football gods agree.

- Jim Josselyn


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