read that as nervous energy/excited/antsy...not scared. there's a difference.
it's excitement. it's pre-show jitters.
everything is clicking now and they are facing a really good team that they have a realistic chance to beat that could send them well on their way to the playoffs and really boost their confidence.
this game is huge...probably the biggest game they've had in years. in a lot of ways, this game is going to show their true identity. this game is going to show what they are made of. they want to be relevant...well, to an extent, this will make them that.
this isn't just another game. this is a defining moment. with this win comes respect...not just outwardly, but inwardly.
all of that isn't going to be lost on them.
i expect there to be some nervousness. i expect there to be a certain level of eagerness. i expect to see that in the opening moments of the game on sunday. but i also expect them to level out/channel that energy and find their groove.
i doubt these guys are going to be able to rest leading up to the game on sunday. i can see them being on edge the whole time. if they do win, i can see that energy continuing for the next few weeks.