Dominated every which way it seemed, the Jets managed to make a 31-21 loss to New England look a bit closer after two late TD receptions by Laveranues Coles, but it was clear that Monday night's broadcast was interesting for one reason only – it was the final Monday Night Football on network television.
Think about that - no longer will Monday night games be able to reach every TV set in America. Sports fans will no doubt find their way to ESPN, but the era of the cross-demo appeal may be long over, save the Super Bowl. In short, uncompetitive games like last night's are what's to blame. But it's also clear that will never be another Howard Cosell (and Obituary).
There was only one noteworthy on-field highlight last night coming from the Jets – Vinny Testaverde's TD pass to Coles late in the fourth meant 2005 would be the 19th consecutive season he had thrown at least one TD pass, an NFL record, eclipsing both John Unitas and Fran Tarkenton.
The Jets host Buffalo in East Rutherford Sunday at 1 p.m. That's right, the NFL is playing on New Year's Day, thereby breaking the traditions of most major college bowl games.
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