The New York Jets thoroughly dominated the inferior Tennessee Titans today, 30-8 to move their record to 8-5 (doubling their 2014 win total with three games still to play). There was never any doubt as to the outcome of this one, as the Jets were in control from their opening drive through an entire second half of garbage time. They still have their work cut out for them to make the playoffs but they seem to be surging at the right time with a three game winning streak…
Offensively, Ryan Fitzpatrick had another week of multiple touchdowns and zero turnovers. He finished 21/36, 263 yards with 3 touchdowns and did an excellent job of consistently funneling the ball to Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Marshall continued a ridiculously productive three week stretch adding on 6 catches, 125 yards and a touchdown. Decker led the Jets with 7 receptions, finishing with 74 yards and his 8th touchdown of the season. The Jets receivers routinely found themselves wide open as Chan Gailey did a nice job coaching circles around Dick LeBeau’s defense.
Bilal Powell continued to be an offensive x-factor. He scored a touchdown for the second straight week, had 36 rushing yards, 46 receiving yards and was a perfect complement to a workmanlike effort from Chris Ivory (22 carries, 101 yards). Ivory also surpassed his career high rushing yards total for a single season. The Jets offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage all day, as replacement guard Brian Winters continued to be more stable than expected.
Defensively, the Jets humbled an over-matched Titans unit. Tennessee running backs had 13 carries for 24 yards. Marcus Mariota was a sloppy 21/39 for 274 yards with an interception and made no impact with his feet. The Titans had nowhere to go with the football down the field as the Jets secondary smothered their mediocre crop of talent at wide receiver. Tennessee’s only points came on a Wildcat pass to Mariota when Calvin Pryor had the play covered but tripped, allowing him to score. The Jets also racked up 5 sacks, highlighted by Muhammad Wilkerson who had 3 himself. Wilkerson is now at a career high 12 sacks, with three games left. Buster Skrine also grabbed his first interception as a New York Jet.
…And yes, the Jets special teams got the job done today with strong coverage on their many kickoffs and very few punts. Randy Bullock was 3/4 on his field goal attempts, with his only miss coming from 50+ yards.I know there are millions upon millions of questions about the playoff scenarios and we will get to them but for today, enjoy a dominant Jets victory and a three game winning streak.
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