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“It got chippy out there and you had to watch your back a little,” Woody noted. “We said that to each other in the fourth quarter but, really, we had to do that all game.”
The Jets, meanwhile, made a prophet out of Vanden Bosch who told Foxsports.com two weeks ago, “We’re going to lose a game. We're going to lose more than a game. I don’t think anybody here is talking about an undefeated season or expecting to go undefeated. We’re going to lose.”
The loss doesn't mean a lot to the Titans, who are still a virtual lock to win the AFC South (which entered Sunday with a four-game lead against Indy). But if things break the Jets way over the season s final five games and go against Tennessee, New York will have a handy tiebreaker that could lead to home field advantage in the AFC playoffs.
Perhaps more important for New York is the fact that a win on the road against the AFC’s best team keeps them above the wild-card fray. A lot of teams are already jockeying for those two spots — the Colts (7-4), Patriots (7-4) and Ravens (7-4) lead the way, with the Bills (6-5) and Dolphins (6-5) right behind.
Every team's got a story, whether it's the Favre-led Jets trying to step into the void left by the Brady-less Patriots.
The Patriots duct-taped together an offense and are still winning. The nearly-dead Colts are off the mat and in the playoff conversation in what might be Tony Dungy's last year. The retooled Dolphins Wildcatted back from a 1-15 record in 2007. The refurbished Ravens are getting it done with a rookie quarterback and rookie head coach and a pack of old lions on defense. And what of the AFC West where Denver can barely get out of its own way (a beating from the Raiders?!)?
It's apparent the playoff picture won't be clear until the regular season expires.
As for the Jets, this mish-mash of veterans who’ve come together for New York — Favre, Woody, Faneca, defensive tackle Kris Jenkins and linebacker Calvin Pace — keep establishing who they are.
“That’s important,” said Jenkins. “I don’t think we’re looking to establish an identity. We’re human like any team. We had our hands full today but you gotta understand we haven’t played with each other but we played against each other and we know what type of team we got here. We’re excited about that and we’re coming together.”
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|1. D. Brees, Saints||30||49||386||4|
|2. M. Schaub, Texans||27||36||328||2|
|3. J. Cutler, Broncos||33||49||316||1|
|1. M. Turner, Falcons||25||208||8.3||1|
|2. D. Williams, Panthers||25||178||7.1||0|
|3. M. Bush, Raiders||27||177||6.6||2|
|1. A. Johnson, Texans||10||148||14.8||2|
|2. S. Smith, Panthers||5||134||26.8||0|
|3. L. Fitzgerald, Cardinals||5||130||26.0||2|
NFL's top shots
A look at the best photos from Week 12, including the Jets taking down the Titans.