Titans need win vs. Jets to stay alive

Friday, December 21, 2007 at 12:38am

The Tennessee Titans head into Sunday’s game with a mission of needing to win their game against the New York Jets to keep whatever ever playoff hopes they have alive.

Though the scenarios are still varied and the Titans do need some help at 8-6 to crash the AFC playoff party, this much is known: A Tennessee loss on Sunday clinches a postseason berth for Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Jacksonville and leaves the Titans on the outside looking in for a fourth straight season.

Last season, the Titans needed nothing short of a miracle in the season’s final week to force their way into the playoffs. They got exactly that, except for one small problem — they didn’t take care of their own business, and were throttled 40-23 at home by a New England Patriots team that had little to play for in the regular season’s final game.

As it was, the Titans sat at home and watched the Kansas City Chiefs claim the last AFC berth. So will the Titans pay attention to the Cleveland-Cincinnati game which should be finished soon after the Titans and Jets kick off at 3:15 p.m.?

“We’re not thinking about that scenario right now,” quarterback Vince Young said. “Like last year we were thinking about it so much, that’s probably what happened, and we lost the game. Right now, guys are just taking it a game at a time and being patient.”

This year, the Titans need to win their final two games and have Cleveland or Pittsburgh falter once against an AFC opponent, or have Jacksonville lose its final two games.

Titans coach Jeff Fisher is hoping to use last year’s lesson learned as motivation to keep his team focused on its own task at hand Sunday at LP Field.

“The last week of the season last year, I told them that all four things were going to happen, we just needed to win. Several of them, I guess, didn’t believe me,” Fisher said. “So I told them I had the same crystal ball in my office, and I will bring it out next week. We must find a way to win this game.”

Titans center Kevin Mawae said he hopes the coach’s crystal ball forecasts a playoff berth for Tennessee.

“He mentioned it, and hopefully, it’s been polished with Windex and he sees pretty clearly,” Mawae said. “I think the guys on the team understand the point he’s trying to make. We have an opportunity to get in the playoffs, and it starts with this game. It actually started last week, and [we have to play like] we control our own destiny.

“We can’t worry about what Cleveland is doing. We need to win our games. If we win both of our games, we give ourselves a good [shot].”

Mawae, finishing up his 14th NFL season recalled when he played for the Jets having to play a waiting game, and said a Browns loss Sunday could ignite the Titans. But even if that doesn’t happen, Tennessee must take care of its own business first.

“In New York a few years back, we needed the Patriots to lose, and we found out [that they did] during the game, and guys got juiced up,” Mawae said. “Regardless of the Cleveland game, there are still other scenarios that can play out. We have to control what we can control.”

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By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

We will be watching the Bengals/Browns game at our tailgate, pulling for the Bengals of course, while enjoying our grilled steaks and gumbo and brew of choice. Then walking over to LP Field and watch our Titans destroy and ground the jets! GO TITANS!

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

The way the Bengals defense has been playing I don't see them stopping the Browns. But I think the Titans can beat the Jets.

By: Rocket99 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Where's the party TITAN1? Will serr8 be there?

By: theplantsman on 12/31/69 at 6:00

It must be nice to sit outside in the cool Nashville weather chillin’ n’ grillin’. I, on the other hand must work. As the northern hemisphere cycles into its annual climatic change from warming to cooling, I am heading to Puerto Rico to investigate the affect of the sun on the human body. More so, I will be investigating the different culinary uses of Puerto Rican rum, and their sugarcane production.Then I must travel to Bogota, Colombia in search of more global warming and to investigate a cut-flower business opportunity, and then I must travel to Brasilia, Brazil where I will investigate the sugarcane production and how the Brazilians have used it to fuel the nation’s automobiles as they have become independent of foreign oil. I depart Nashville today and God willing expect to return after Carnival has finished in mid February 2008 just in time for the beginning of Major League baseball’s spring training. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!“Oh, the weather up north is so frightful, but the beaches in Puerto Rico and Brazil are so delightful…let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.”

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Merry Christmas Plant. After your gift of useless information I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't get you anything.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I could retort with the usual pot/kettle statement, but everyone is quite aware of your history. :)

By: Cowboy84 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Glad you will be having a good vacation plantsman. I'll miss your posts, I might be the only one but you at least try to bring some humor into them. But I cannot believe that you are seriously looking forward to the start of HGH, I mean baseball season.

By: junebugfan on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Waaaaaaah!,sniff,sniff,Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!! (And you thought I wasn't going to get you anything this year, gdiafante.)

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Someone get June a tissue. Straighten yourself up man, don't you have any self respect??

By: MJB on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you & yours, Plants. I look forward to hearing about the Brazilians' sugarcane.

By: junebugfan on 12/31/69 at 6:00

gdiafante, What - you didn't like my gift? I thought it was "just what you always wanted".

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

No, that would be a can of Raid.

By: junebugfan on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Good one!

By: nashbeck on 12/31/69 at 6:00

titan1 where will you be tailgating?

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

We tailgate in the Main Event Parking lot. There is usually 50 to 60 of us at our tailgate, but only expecting about 30 for this one due to the holiday travel..

By: nashbeck on 12/31/69 at 6:00

ok sounds great!

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

nashbeck, everyone is welcome! If you want to join us, it's on main street. Go to the TOMB message board, click on the parking lot forum then the jets/Titans thread and you will see a map and what you need to bring.