The 3-9 Tennessee Titans make the trek to MetLife Stadium to face the 7-5 New York Jets. Heading into the last quarter to the season, the Jets are very much alive in the AFC wild card chase. What will the Jets need to do in order to improve to 8-5? Let’s take a look…
Offense – Ryan Fitzpatrick comes into this game after one of his best games as a NFL QB and leading the Jets to an overtime win. The Titans are allowing an average of 230 passing yards per game this season. The Titans do have a decent defensive line led by Jurrell Casey who has 6 sacks on the year. If I were Chan Gailey I would implement some of the Giants game plan, involving Bilal Powell in the screen game and use the Titans’ aggressiveness against them The Titans are allowing an average of 106 rushing yards a game This year the Jets have one of the most dynamic WR duo’s in the NFL with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. As I look at this matchup on the side of the ball, it is time to trust the playmakers. Look for the Titans to pay special attention in trying to stop Marshall, that will allow Eric Decker to be in the slot from time to time and gain favorable match ups.
Defense- The Titans have rookie Quarterback Marcus Mariota making the start against this Jets defense. The Titans offensive line has allowed 30 sacks on the year, look for the Jets to cause a good bit of pressure from their defensive line and not by blitzing. Mariota has done a decent job this year against the blitz, so I can see the Jets using a lot of zone packages and leaving a spy to watch Mariota who can run with the ball. At the running back spot, their two main threats are Antonio Andrews and Dexter McCluster. I am concerned with their ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. For me, the Jets shut down the run game and make Mariota throw over 40 times. The Titans will be without one of their main threats, Kendall Wright. This season Mariota has thrown the ball to TE Delanie Walker early and often. Walker has 67 receptions on the season for 800 yards. I can see the Jets putting Darrelle Revis on Walker in some 3rd down passing situations. Look for Antonio Cromartie to be on Dorial Green-Beckham for most of the game.
Prediction: Across the board on both sides of the ball, the Jets have the advantage. The Jets should be able to capitalize early. Score early and often, leave no doubt and let the home crowd be a huge advantage. I see Fitzpatrick throwing for over 250 yards and 3 TDs on the game with Chris Ivory with close to 100 yards rushing Jets 31 Titans 13
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