Uncle Brett’s Daytime Drama Now Worth Watching
by Gus Jarvis
Nov 25, 2008 | 1081 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With a little over the quarter of the NFL regular season left to play, yes, there are some surprises in the making. The N.Y. Giants under the sure arm of Eli Manning are no surprise. At 10-1, they look like the world champs that they are. Then there are the New York J-E-T-S, who are a surprise, especially after last weekend’s stomping of the undefeated Tennessee Titans. The Jets, after last weekend’s win, became a Super Bowl contender.

Uncle Brett so far this season has thrown for 2,461 yards, 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. His completion percentage is holding at 70.6 percent, with the old man’s QB rating coming in at 94.1. Let’s compare Brett’s numbers, just for comparison’s sake, with that of the young Manning, who has 2,319 yards of passing under his belt, 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions. His completion percentage is 62 percent and he has a QB rating of 91.6.

Despite a slow start on the season, the 39-year-old Favre has come around in this twilight year of his, learned a new offense and is bringing momentum to an offense that once had little to none. (Sorry, Pennington, stick to the wildcat offense.) In short, Brett is playing good or better than most of the quarterbacks in the NFL right now. In fact, he is playing damn good. With that, he has become the reason to be excited again if you love the Jets, which I don’t. But I like to see him play well, after his team, the Green Bay Packers, sold out on him earlier this year.

Now I will admit after the first few dismal games Brett played with the Jets, I thought it was just another old-quarterback ploy to hang onto the game just another season for good or ill. He was playing to play, not to win a championship. But the tables have turned and Brett has proven to me, to himself and to Jets fans that he is there to win and that his comeback was for good. Brett will be the story of the playoffs this year, whether they make it to the Super Bowl or not.

I like the fact that there will be an interesting story for me to follow as the playoffs get near. I certainly won’t have the Denver Broncos to cheer for after their performance at home against the Raiders. So I, as you should be, am excited to watch Brett make it into the playoffs.

And it goes without saying that the AFC East is a tough division. The Jets are just one game ahead of the New England Patriots, who despite the loss of pretty-boy Brady, are playing well. And just two games behind are both the Bills and Pennington’s Dolphins. All of the teams are above .500 in this division. So it will certainly be a race to the finish, but if the Jets keep playing the way that they have, it should be no problem.

This week, the Jets are at home to take on Denver. As much as I hate to say it, this game shouldn’t be a problem for Brett. Then it’s on to San Francisco, Buffalo, Seattle, and Miami, with the two divisional games being the most important. Yes, as they sit atop the AFC East after previously beating the Patriots, the ball is in their court to win the division.

And in the playoffs? I still haven’t seen whether or not the Jets have the power to beat a team like Indianapolis, who, by the way, have all of a sudden got their team together and are playing top-notch as well.

I hated the Brett Favre news coverage/daytime TV drama that took every hour of every minute going into this season after he broke up with Green Bay. I absolutely hated it. Now, in hindsight, and as the Jets may make a decent playoff run, the drama coverage was well worth it. It was the perfect precursor to what could happen at the end of this season. You couldn’t script it better than this. Get ready for postseason drama in the good sense when Uncle Brett makes a run at another Super Bowl.

Is it too early to start thinking about a Jets-Giants Super Bowl? Probably. But what’s the harm?

Thanksgiving Day Thought: Is Thursday Detroit’s big day to win their first game of the season? I think so. The stars are aligned. Tennessee is frazzled after last week. Vegas is putting the Lions at 11 point underdogs. It will be a holiday to remember in Detroit as I think they have it in them. Detroit wins 30-21. Happy Thanksgiving.
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