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New York Jets Inside Slant 2008-10-30


New York Jets Inside Slant 2008-10-30
Contrary to what you might think, Brett Favre is not a riverboat gambler.


At least not for the most part on real riverboats, like the ones in his home state of Mississippi.

"I used to always take hits on 16," he said with a smile Wednesday when the subject of blackjack came up. "Does it depend on what the guy next to you has? I knew I could find out who the gamblers are in (this room). Believe it or not, I'm not a gambler. I know it sounds crazy. I would sit at the table and (have) everyone get up because (they'd say), 'that guy takes hits on everything.' When you're betting 10 dollars, who cares?"

Favre takes a lot more risks on the football field, especially when he's trying to get the ball to a tightly covered receiver. Favre has thrown seven interceptions in the last three games and has 11 for the season, tied with the just-benched J.T. O'Sullivan of San Francisco for the most in the NFL.

Although coach Eric Mangini again stressed that interceptions are a team thing "but the numbers stick with the guy who had the ball last," he also indicated he would like to see Favre be a little more judicious with the risks he takes.

"You just stress," Mangini said, making a blackjack analogy, "don't hit on 20, you know what I mean? Sometimes it's OK to stay and see what the dealer has. You're not trying to reel him in and trying to coach him out of being a good player. You're just trying to reinforce that everything needs to be a calculated risk."

Favre blamed himself for a fourth-quarter interception against Oakland on a deep ball on which wideout Jerricho Cotchery apparently broke off his pattern. Although it looked like a miscommunication, Favre said it was his fault.

"I just got desperate at that point," Favre said, "and that was one of those that was not going to be complete one way or the other."

Mangini said, "To some degree with Brett, he has to know when to throw it away, just get rid of it. Sometimes, there's nothing there and that's OK. Throw it away.

But Favre said on the first interception against the Raiders, tight end Dustin Keller was interfered with.

"How they didn't call a penalty, I have no idea," Favre said.

Yet he realizes full well what he must do, especially with the Jets (4-3) facing AFC East co-leader Buffalo (5-2) on the road Sunday.

"Believe me, I'm well aware of what's expected of me and how important it is to take care of the ball," he said. "I know statistically speaking, if you turn the ball over more than your opponent, you lose. That's two times in three weeks we've won [doing that]. Can you make a living doing that? Every coach, any statistician would tell you no. I don't plan on doing that.

"All of the factors that go into winning and losing," Favre added, "are magnified that much more when you play away. This being a division opponent who is leading the division and playing outstanding, momentum is so important in this game. We need to get the momentum, get it early and try to keep it."

Some observers have questioned whether Favre has been distracted by the controversy generated by his conversation with former Detroit president Matt Millen last month before the Lions faced Green Bay.

"It hasn't lingered, hasn't distracted me," said Favre, who admitted this season may be the toughest challenge of his career. "I hate to say I'm used to it and, kind of like positive stories or things being said about you, how you handle those to me are equally as important. If you start believing all the hype, good or bad, I think you're on your way out."

SERIES HISTORY: 95th regular-season meeting. Bills lead series, 52-42. Buffalo has won the last three meetings, and had four interceptions off Jets quarterbacks in the two victories last season. However, there were two picks each off Chad Pennington (now with Miami) and Kellen Clemens (now the backup). Buffalo wideout Lee Evans caught an 85-yard touchdown pass in Buffalo's 13-3 win at Giants Stadium last year, and a 77-yard TD in the Bills' 31-13 win in New Jersey in Dec. 2006. But both of those TDs came from former starter J.P. Losman. Current starter Trent Edwards made his first NFL start against the Jets on Sept. 30, 2007, and guided the Bills to a 17-14 victory.



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Added: October 30, 2008

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