Who: New York Jets @ Tennessee Titans
When: 8:30 p.m. EST
Where: LP Field, Nashville, TN
Media: TV – ESPN, DirecTV – N/A, Radio – ESPN 98.7 FM, Sirius – 92, Sirius XM – XM 225, Internet Audio – Audio Pass.
Their Previous Meeting: The last time these two teams met, the 2009 season was still relatively young after only two games but Jets fans were overwhelmingly happy and surprised. Rookie head coach Rex Ryan and rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez led the Jets to a 2-0 record and they looked to extend their streak alive against the struggling Titans. The Jets took a quick lead as they would go on to score on their first two possessions. On third down and ten, Sanchez scrambled 14 yards for the touchdown but not before scaring the life out of the majority of us as Titans safety Michael Griffin delivered a shot to Sanchez at the goal line. Of course, leave it to Bart Scott to rip Griffin for not stopping Sanchez despite the hit….Scott memorably stated, “He [Griffin] should be embarrassed. They should make it a Fathead.” The Jets added to their lead when they recovered a fumble off the kick return and Sanchez found Ben Hartsock in the end zone for a short two yard touchdown. The Titans would shut out New York’s offense in the second as LenDale White scored on a five yard run and Rob Bironas hit a 38 yard field goal just before half time to put Tennessee within four points. They took the lead in the third when veteran Kerry Collins found Nate Washington open in the end zone on a nine yard pass. However, the Jets’ special teams unit would come through again as Titans returner Ryan Mouton would muff another ball, this time off the punt, which was recovered by the Jets’ Larry Izzo. A few plays later, Sanchez found Cotchery for a six yard touchdown. Jay Feely added a field goal in the fourth to give the Jets a seven point lead. Sanchez would throw an interception that would give Tennessee a chance to tie it however, penalties, sacks and a timely David Harris interception prevented the Titans from coming back and preserved the Jets’ 24-17 victory. With the win, Mark Sanchez also became the first rookie quarterback to start and win all three of his team’s first three games.
Jets: CB Aaron Berry (Hamstring–Doubtful), TE Jeff Cumberland (Wrist–Probable), WR Braylon Edwards (Hamstring–Questionable), NT Kenrick Ellis (Knee–Probable), WR Clyde Gates (Concussion–Questionable), NT Damon Harrison (Ankle–Probable), WR Stephen Hill (Knee–Doubtful), TE Dustin Keller (Ankle–Doubtful), S LaRon Landry (Heel–Probable), C Nick Mangold (Shoulder–Probable), RB/KR Joe McKnight (Ankle–Probable), G Brandon Moore (Hip–Probable), LB Calvin Pace (Shoulder–Probable), NT Sione Po’uha (Low Back–Questionable), RB Bilal Powell (Shoulder/Toe–Probable), QB Mark Sanchez (Low Back–Probable), LB Ricky Sapp (Ankle–Probable), LB Bart Scott (Toe–Probable), G Matt Slauson (Knee–Probable), and QB Tim Tebow (Ribs–Probable), LB Bryan Thomas (Chest–Doubtful).
Titans: WR Kenny Britt (Knee–Probable), DT Jurrell Casey (Knee–Probable), TE Jared Cook (Shoulder–Out), S Michael Griffin (Neck–Probable), RB Chris Johnson (Ankle–Probable), QB Jake Locker (Shoulder–Probable), LB Colin McCarthy (Concussion–Out), T Michael Roos (Knee–Probable), DE Scott Solomon (Knee–Out), WR Damian Williams (Hamstring–Out), and DE Kamerion Wimbley (Toe–Probable).
Jets: QB Greg McElroy, CB Aaron Berry, LB Bryan Thomas, OL Caleb Schlauderaff, TE Dustin Keller, and WR Stephen Hill.
Titans: QB Rusty Smith, WR Damian Williams, LB Colin McCarthy, LB Xavier Adibi, G Mitch Petrus, T Daniel Baldridge, and DE Scott Solomon.
Game Captains: WR Braylon Edwards, C Nick Mangold, S Josh Bush, S Yeremiah Bell, and DE Muhammad Wilkerson.
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It wasn’t exactly pretty but the Jets were able to get the job done against Jacksonville by returning to their old habits: running the football, limiting the number of passes Mark Sanchez had to throw and playing some good old fashioned dominant defense. It wasn’t exactly a ringing endorsement for Sanchez to keep the starting job but he didn’t do anything horrifying, fumble aside, to warrant a benching but his leash still remains short for sure. Against Tennessee I expect it to be more of the same for Mark with Ryan likely looking to run the ball behind Greene and Powell against the 25th ranked rush defense with the occasional throw tossed in there–they are ranked 27th against the pass so maybe he can take advantage of that. Of course, the return of Braylon Edwards, a target Sanchez is familiar with, may mean more passing tonight than last Sunday.
Defensively, while the Jets continue to struggle against stopping the run, they have really stepped it up in the secondary with Revis absent. They are currently ranked second best against the pass and perhaps the biggest reason for that is Antonio Cromartie who along with Kyle Wilson and Ellis Lankster and Bell and Landry have been able to keep opponents at bay despite their ever-thinning cornerback corps. The defensive line has been the big story lately with the emergence of Beast Mo and Quinton Coples the latter of which has been more disruptive in recent weeks while Wilkerson continues to dominate at the position and ranks among the best in the league per PFF. Tennessee doesn’t exactly have a formidable offense but they’re not complete slouches either with Jake Locker’s ability to extend plays on the move while Chris Johnson, despite his ups and downs, is always a threat to run over a defense which they may look to exploit with the Jets giving up an average of 136.5 yards on the ground.