Steve Mariucci, the NFL Network analyst and former San Francisco and Detroit head coach, said it about the upcoming New York Jets-Tennessee Titans contest: “If I’m (Jets coach) Eric Mangini, I am going to have Brett Favre spread the ball around because the Titans don’t have a weak link. Leon Washington is going to have to come up big on special teams. The Jets have to get out in front early and make Kerry Collins continue to throw the football.”
Take it for what it’s worth, as the still undefeated Titans — we’re not sure about their record, we’ll have to have someone show us a cue card to remind us — run into the 7-3 Jets in what looks like the two best AFC squads hooking up. The other 7-3 AFC team, Pittsburgh, ties its Thursday up with Cincinnati.
==5 p.m., NFL Network: Cincinnati at Pittsburgh (with Bob Papa and Cris Collinsworth)
==10 a.m., Channel 11: San Francisco at Dallas (with Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver) Other Fox choices: Minnesota-Jacksonville (with just retired John Lynch working as an analyst with Chris Rose), Philadelphia-Baltimore, Tampa Bay-Detroit and Chicago-St. Louis.
==10 a.m., Channel 2: N.Y. Jets at Tennessee (with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms). CBS is passing on Buffalo-Kansas City, New England-Miami and Houston-Cleveland.
==1 p.m., Channel 11: N.Y. Giants at Arizona (with Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa). Fox also had Carolina-Atlanta and Washington-Seattle to pick from. CBS has Oakland-Denver (with Dick Enberg and Randy Cross) in this slot.
==5:15 p.m., Channel 4: Indianapolis at San Diego (with Al Michaels, John Madden and Andrea Kremer)
==5:30 p.m., ESPN: Green Bay at New Orleans (with Mike Tirico, Tony Kornheiser and Ron Jaworski)
Bye week: Nobody.
THURSDAY, NOV. 27 — THANKSGIVING:
==9:30 a.m., Channel 2: Tennessee at Detroit
==1:30 p.m., Channel 11: Seattle at Dallas
==5 p.m., NFL Network: Arizona at Philadelphia
The Week 13 schedule past Thursday was finalized, with NBC keeping the Chicago-Minnesota game as schedule. Denver-N.Y. Jets moves from an early window to late window for CBS.