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Doug Farrar

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Fins-Jets the One to Watch

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Well, you can go with Sunday night's Broncos-Chargers matchup (also known as the Hochuli Bowl), featuring two teams fighting for AFC West supremacy despite the fact that they resemble playoff teams as much as I resemble Al Davis. Or, you can root for the Lions to go 0-16 against the underperforming Packers. How about the Dallas-Philly contest, between teams trying to give their postseason berths away with amazingly frustrating inconsistency?

Nah. I'll take Dolphins-Jets at the Meadowlands, also known as the Pennington Revenge Bowl. When the Jets let quarterback Chad Pennington go in favor of Brett Favre, and Pennington signed with the Dolphins, the Jets could not have imagined that the Fins, a 1-15 disaster in 2007, would be fighting for the AFC West title, and marching over them to do it. But that's where we are. The Dolphins are the hotter team, as well -- they've won four in a row, Pennington is far more efficient than Favre of late, and any concern that the Dolphins might be affected by the weather blew away when they beat the Chiefs last Sunday in the coldest game ever played by a Dolphins team. Tony Sparano is competing for Coach of the Year, and Eric Mangini, who resembled a forlorn elf on the sidelines in Seattle, is hearing yips and yaps about his job security.

Look for the Dolphins to take this game and complete the most amazing single-season turnaround in league history. That's your must-see game for Week 17.

By Doug Farrar  |  December 25, 2008; 3:38 PM ET  | Category:  New England Patriots Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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