CNN Time Free Email US Sports Baseball Pro Football College Football 1999 NBA Playoffs College Basketball Hockey Golf Plus Tennis Soccer Motorsports Womens More Inside Game Scoreboards World
EVENTS
MLB Playoffs
Rugby World Cup
Century's Best
Swimsuit '99

CENTERS
 Fantasy Central
 Inside Game
 Multimedia Central
 Statitudes
 Your Turn
 Teams
 Cities

AD PARTNERS

  Power of Caring
  presented by CIGNA


SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
 This Week's Issue
 Previous Issues
 Special Features
 Life of Reilly
 Frank Deford
 Subscriber Services
 SI for Women

FEATURES
 Trivia Blitz
 Free Email

TELEVISION
 CNN/SI - TV
 Turner Sports

SHOPPING
 CNN/SI Travel
 Golf Pro Shop
 MLB Gear Store
 NFL Gear Store

SI FOR KIDS
 Sports Parents
 Games
 Buzz World
 Shorter Reporter

SITE RESOURCES
 About Us
 myCNN
 
football Football Score and Recaps Schedules Standings Statistics Teams Matchups Players Arena CFL NFL Europe

Dr. Z's Forecast

Click here for more on this story

Posted: Wednesday January 13, 1999 11:15 AM

By Paul Zimmerman

Sports Illustrated

Jets left tackle Jumbo Elliott remembers the last time he played in a conference championship game. It was nine seasons ago. He was a Giant. Bill Parcells was the coach. The team traveled to San Francisco to meet the favored 49ers. "They were going for a three-peat," Elliott said after the Jets beat the Jaguars on Sunday. "We beat them, but when we checked into our Super Bowl hotel, the gift shops in the lobby were full of 49ers stuff. No one had expected us to win."

  The Broncos' Bill Romanowski (53) will face an aggressive Jets attack. John Biever
The man who runs Parcells's defense is Bill Belichick, the same guy who set up the Giants' defense that held the 49ers' star-studded cast -- Rice and Montana and Taylor and Craig; you know the names -- to 240 yards in the 15-13 victory nine years ago. How will the Jets respond in the AFC Championship Game against a Broncos team that, stung by whispers that its season was sliding away, unloaded early and often on the Dolphins? First there's the Jets' 3-4 defense, a good run-stopping setup, with an emphasis on closing down Terrell Davis's cutbacks. Then there are the coverage matchups: Otis Smith will probably draw deep threat Rod Smith, and 5'8" Ray Mickens will cover 6'5" Ed McCaffrey. Sounds like a mismatch, but Mickens is a terrifically instinctive cornerback. The Jets' offense will attack aggressively, as it did against the Jaguars, from some wildly imaginative alignments. If New York can make Denver play from behind, well, anything could happen.

My feeling? Two years of experience at the highest level of competition will be the difference. Broncos in a squeaker .

In the NFC title game, I have a hunch that the Falcons' Chris Chandler will come out throwing. Then Atlanta will hammer with Jamal Anderson, mindful of the way the Bucs pounded the Vikings in Minnesota's only loss. But the Vikings have simply too much firepower in their arsenal. Minnesota will be facing a sturdier defensive line than it did against Arizona, but the war of attrition will go the Vikings' way .

Issue date: January 18, 1999

 
Related information
Stories
Inside College Basketball
Inside the NHL
This Week's Issue
Multimedia
Click here for the latest audio and video
Search our site Watch CNN/SI 24 hours a day

Sports Illustrated and CNN have combined to form a 24 hour sports news and information channel. To receive CNN/SI at your home call 1-888-53-CNNSI.



To the top

Copyright © 1999 CNN/SI. A Time Warner Company.
All Rights Reserved.

Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines.