When this year’s schedule came out, Week 17 @ Indy loomed large as a game that could very well control the Titan’s playoff destiny. I doubt that any of us have forgotten the “gimme” of a game (aka: the Jimi Sorgi Experience), that got us into the playoffs last year. Playing in a division that looked to be stronger than it actually was, many of us would have been thrilled to still have a chance for the playoffs during the last week of the season. It didn’t take too long to realize that the Titans weren’t going to have to worry about a playoff spot, but it did look like Week 17 might be a big game for the Colts (assuming they had any chance to get in). Eight wins in a row changes a lot of things. The Titans and Colts are both in the playoffs. Their seeding is assured, no matter what happens. Jeff Fisher has said all along that they were going to play each game the same way, and while the starters will probably all start, you shouldn’t get too used to them. Want some evidence?
Vince Young is excited to play on Sunday:
“This is definitely big for me,’’ Young said Wednesday. “It is like a resume for me, to go out there and show I can still play football at this level, to show my coaches and teammates as well.
Any time you get a chance to get out there on the football field you are not only showing your teammates, you are showing a lot of people around the league your talent. … I am in the shadows right now and I am learning a lot.’’
In that same article, there’s some speculation that there might be a Chris Simms sighting as well.
For the questionable people who play in fantasy football leagues that extend to Week 17, ESPN‘s Matthew Berry continues to do his weekly Love/Hate fantasy column. There are some atypical names mentioned (there’s also a healthy amount of Yankees Hate in there too):
Chris Henry, RB, Titans: Two first names is always a crowd-pleaser, as is lots of junk-time work against a team that can’t stop the run and has nothing to play for.
Jim Sorgi, QB, Colts: We know he’s at home with a good offensive system going against a defense with nothing to play for.
Chris Johnson, RB, Titans: Unless you get points for standing on the sideline looking stylin’…Not even Chris Johnson can score from the bench.
Peyton Manning, Dominic Rhodes, Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Colts: See Johnson, Chris.
I’m starting to sense a theme. This game doesn’t matter.
The Sports Network, would agree with that thought:
This season-ending showdown between the AFC South’s top two teams once had the potential for colossal implications, but fans in attendance at Lucas Oil Stadium this weekend will likely be witnessing the equivalent of a preseason tune-up between two postseason-bound clubs.
If all you wanted for Christmas was some Vince Young, Chris Henry and (hopefully) Quinton Ganther, I think you’ll be pretty happy with Santa this year. Enjoy.
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