The first of those being the fact that if Pittsburgh loses, Braylon wins. This might be a tough spot for some Browns fans to root from – assuming you’re looking for a rooting interest in Sunday’s AFC title game – but not for me.
I don’t want Pittsburgh to go to the Superbowl. I don’t want to hear what a great guy Big Ben has matured into becoming for the next month leading into that game down in Dallas because of the fact he helped his team string together enough wins to get after his suspension, and I don’t want to hear or see the bursting from the seams joy from Stiller Nation.
I don’t really care about Braylon either. I’m not a fan of his, but in truth he has rendered himself irrelevant to me. I could care less. He’s not the best receiver on his team, and I really can’t see a scenario in which the Jets advance because of Braylon Edwards. I suppose I hope he gets shut out by Pittsburgh’s secondary, drops six balls, catches none, and the Jets advance despite of him.
I’m also interested to see how healthy Brad Smith is upon his return to the line-up on Sunday. Smith missed last week’s win over the Patriots since suffering a groin injury against the Colts, but he will be back for this one.
Smith took the opening kick to the house from 97 yards out the last time these two teams matched up, and that ended up being the difference in the Jets win over Pittsburgh (22-17).
He also averages 7.9 yards per rush out of the Wildcat, and certainly adds another dimension for Mike Tomlin’s group to prepare for. That change of pace could prove to be a critical spark for Mark Sanchez and company if they stall early.
Besides the fact that it is the Steelers, I do have to admit that I also want to see Rex Ryan win.
I know it’s New York, I know they may grind on people at times with all the talking they do, but for me it’s entertaining television.
The way I see it, regardless of who goes to the Superbowl we’re going to hear about all teams from all angles on one force fed story after another. If it is the Jets, I’m guessing those stories will be more entertaining than they would be otherwise.
There’s also a Hard Knocks factor here for me too. I’m not saying I’m proud of this, but I just have to admit that Rex and all that goes into his approach to his team, and their response to him, is something that’s caught my attention since day one.
The guy loves eating snacks, and his team loves playing for him. And for as loud and as much as he’s talked about going to the Superbowl this season, there’s something cool in the fact that he might actually get there.