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Mark Maske
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Mark Maske

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Titans Are More Vulnerable

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I still consider the Giants the Super Bowl favorite in the NFC, although the gap between them and everyone else in the conference has been narrowed significantly since the Plaxico Burress incident.

The Giants won their first game following the incident but have lost two games since then. Their offense is not the same minus Burress. In Sunday night's loss to the Cowboys at Texas Stadium, the Giants' wide receivers couldn't get open. The offensive line couldn't protect Eli Manning. And the Giants, minus tailback Brandon Jacobs, couldn't run the ball effectively. But Jacobs presumably will be back in the lineup for this Sunday night's showdown with the Panthers at Giants Stadium for the top playoff seed in the NFC. The Giants should be okay in that one. They're at home, and they're still the better team.

I never regarded the Titans as the Super Bowl favorite in the AFC, and still don't. They're good. But I think the Steelers and Colts are better, and the Ravens might be just as good.

The Titans are vulnerable because of their less-than-fearsome offense. And now their most important defensive player, Albert Haynesworth, will be playing during the postseason on a bad knee. The Titans say that the defensive tackle suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee Sunday and they expect him back for the playoff opener. But will Haynesworth be the same player then that he has been until now? We'll have to see. The guess here is no.

By Mark Maske  |  December 16, 2008; 10:57 AM ET  | Category:  New York Giants Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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