LP Field; Nashville, Tennessee-
-Sunday, September 29, 2013; 4:05 PM
Predicted Forecast: Passing clouds, warm: 81 °F, Wind: 8.8 mph/NE
The Teams Series: Titans lead the all-time series 23-17-1
Quick History: The first game between these two teams was in 1960. It was the New York Titans (Jets) vs Houston Oilers (Titans). So this is the old Titans vs new Titans.
Titans Offensive Weapons:
Titans Quarterback Jake Locker
Week 3: 23/37 299 yards, 1 TD, Rushed 5 carries for 68 yards, 1 TD.
Last week Locker seemed to be more in control of the game. Could he be finally clicking as an NFL quarterback? The Titans won off of Locker’s ability to use his feet with 68 yards on ground.
Locker’s stats this season: Completion: 58.6%, 572 passing yards, 3 TDS, 0 INTs, and 81 rushing yards.
Titans Receivers: Nate Washington, Kendall Wright, Delanie Walker, and Kenny Britt. All are capable of big plays and home run routes.
Titans Running backs Chris Johnson and Shonn Greene:
Greene is out for the game due to injury. Johnson’s speed is world-class and can beat you as a runner or receiver.
Johnson this season has 69 carries for 256 yards, averaging 3.7 a carry.
Jets Defense On Stopping The Titans Offensive Weapons:
The Jets pass rush against a mobile quarterbacks is good. Last week the pressure on EJ Manuel was huge and they sacked him 8 times. Jake Locker is expected to get the same treatment and he will be forced to use his arm on the run. Muhammad Wilkerson is becoming almost impossible to block, while Sheldon Richardson and Damon Harrison on our defense line are following Wilkerson’s lead to the quarterback.
The Jets defense against the run has been super this season. The are ranked No. 6 against the run, giving up an average of 79 yards a game. The top running backs faced have been Doug Martin, Steven Ridley, C.J. Spiller, and Fred Jackson.
Martin against the Jets: 24 carries for 65 yards, 2.7 avg; Steven Ridley against the Jets: 16 carries for 40 yards, 2.5 avg. C.J. Spiller against the Jets: 10 carries for 9 yards, .09 avg. Fred Jackson against the Jets: 7 carries for 72 yards, 10.3 avg, including 59 yards off of one carry.
The Jets secondary is the defensive weakness. It starts with rookie Dee Milliner and he did not participate in Thursday’s practice due to a hamstring injury. If Milliner can’t go on Sunday, Kyle Wilson would slide to the nickel and Darrin Walls would go to the outside opposite Antonio Cromartie. Walls did a great job in coverage last week and in my opinion Walls is an upgrade over Milliner anyway.
The key is going be Locker’s time to get a good pass off.
Jets QB Geno Smith had a break out game last week. He was 16/29 with 331 yards 2 TD, 2 INT, and 1 rushing TD. Smith is most effective with the deep ball. On the season, Smith is about 52% completion on balls thrown 20 yards and under. On balls thrown 21 yards to 30 yards he holds a 63% completion. Smith is starting to get his throws down with his receivers on timing routes. He is not afraid to take chances down the field, and although it is costly at times, can also be very rewarding.
Santonio Holmes is it Tone Time? Holmes is coming off his biggest career game with 5 catches for 154 yards and game winning touchdown. If Holmes can have big games this will free up the rest of the receivers. The defense will double him and give other targets the ability to win their match-ups.
Hill has the size with one-on-one coverage, which makes him a factor. The knock on him is not having sure hands. Kerley and Winslow can be factors as well.
Jets Running Backs: Bilal Powell
Powell is also coming off a career week with 27 carries for 149 yards, a 5.5 average. Powell brings a lot to table and is getting better with on-field experience. He picks up the blitz, makes catches out of the back-field and makes runs from tackle to tackle. He makes great cuts and shifts during his runs.
Against the run they are ranked No.13 and are giving up a average of 101 yards per game. Powell should get a chance to test their front seven, and if he is successful, this could soften up the coverage.
Against the pass they are ranked No. 10 and are giving up a average of 307 yards per game. Geno Smith will have to test the secondary as well.
Keys to a Jets Win:
1 Correct the penalties and play a disciplined game.
2 Powell to run for 100 yards and Geno Smith to throw 2 TD passes.
3 Jets defense shuts Chris Johnson down, keeping him under 70 yards. Apply the pass rush on Jake Locker and force him into a few turnovers.
Jets 24, Titans 10
he Titans Rank 32nd with 4 Pass Plays of 20+ Yards. The Jets have yielded 10 Pass Plays of 20+Yards, which ranks them tied for 11th.