Initial Reaction – New York Jets Knock Off Titans

Joe Caporoso on the New York Jets 16-11 win over the Tennessee Titans

The New York Jets got their first road win of the season by beating the Tennessee Titans, 16-11. It was a win that will bother many in the fan-base but teams aren’t going to lose on purpose, there is still two weeks left and the NFL Draft is crapshoot…so get over it. 

After his brutal pick six to start the Minnesota Vikings game, Geno Smith has put together seven straight quarters without a turnover. He was decent today, finishing 16/28 for 179 yards with a TD and 16 rushing yards. Eric Decker was his top target and had his second straight strong outing, finishing with 7 catches for 100 yards. Despite subpar QB play and early season injuries, Decker is now at 62 catches for 720 yards on the season. Chris Johnson had a big 38 yard run in the 4th quarter (10 carries, 55 yards) that set up the go ahead touchdown for Chris Ivory (6 on the season) and the Jets defense was able to hold on late.

Defensively, the Jets got to face two of the Titans backup offensive lineman and Charlie Whitehurst at quarterback after Jake Locker was knocked out. Quinton Coples had a big game on the defensive line with four quarterback hits, two TFLs and one sack. IK Enemkpali was finally given a little playing time and had two passes knocked down and a sack that was taken away by a Kyle Wilson holding penalty (of course). Elsewhere, Calvin Pryor had a quality start with five tackles, two quarterback pressures and limited to zero mental mistakes.

Overall, this was a sloppy as expected game between two 2-11 teams. The Jets fought back from a 5-0 (!) deficit, ignited a bench clearing brawl after Geno Smith was punched in the face (well done by Nick Mangold standing up for his quarterback) and escaped to improve to 3-11. They will finish up their home schedule next week against the New England Patriots, who will be looking to wrap up the #1 seed in the AFC.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports