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Once again Locker gets great protection in the pocket, more than enough time for him to hit his speedy and athletic TE Jared Cook over the middle for an 18 yard TD strike. A thing of beauty to be honest as Cook COOKS his defenders and gets behind them for the easy catch in stride that his defenders never saw coming. Again, something the Jets need to be cognizant of but if I’m the Jets, I have one of the safeties; Bell or Landry looking out for Cook and not allowing him to roam free.
Titans illustrated on this drive, the FIRST drive of the game that they are more than capable of taking advantage of what the opposing defense is giving them. Time after time on this drive, the Colts gave Locker the easy high % pass and he took it utilizing a formation that maximizes his abilities. The Jets will have to be careful NOT to sell out on the run and trust in Coples, Wilkerson and that D-line to make the necessary run defensive plays to contain him for the most part and not be fooled by the Titans record and overlook Locker and this team as it may cost them EARLY and end up killing their playoff chances this Sunday.
How Do The Jets Attack That Titans Defense and Contain Their Offense?
The Titans come into the game vs the Jets ranked 26th and 24th in passing and rushing defense respectively and frankly this is something that should be exploited by the Jets. The Jets exploited the Jaguars abysmal run defense last week and will most likely look to do the same this week. I believe the difference this week of course will be Mark Sanchez’s arm. The Titans aren’t going to just sit back and allow the Jets to run all over them and will force Mark Sanchez to make throws in the passing game. Something that he will have to do or we may be looking at another week full of Jets QB storyline that wont be in Sanchez’s favor much like after the Cardinals game.
The film suggested that the Titans give up big plays in the passing game and running game. It was one point in the 1st quarter against the Colts in which Colts QB Andrew Luck found 3 straight wide open WRs in a drive that ended up with a Reggie Wayne TD catch from Luck a pass in which Wayne was….yep….wide open. Of course Luck and Sanchez aren’t the same QB (unfortunately) but again, with Sanchez facing tremendous pressure again this week with the Jets still knocking at the playoff door, I would expect Sanchez to be able to take advantage of anything the Titans defense gives him.
Look for Bilal Powell and Shonn Greene to get fed early and often and late and consistently as well, to try to take pressure off Mark Sanchez. Not really sure how Braylon Edwards will affect the Jets passing game but I’m hoping he and Sanchez rekindle their old rhythm immediately.
The Jets aren’t exactly facing a high powered offense this week in the Titans but the Titans do have talented skill players that can make plays if the defense give their offense more than they should. 2nd Year QB Jake Locker isn’t the most accurate passer nor is he the most consistent (that’s me being nice of course and putting it mildly) but he has playmakers that are capable of helping their young QB out and doing some impressive things with the football. Chris Johnson, Kenny Britt and Kendall Wright are all great/good playmaking skill players that Locker has at his disposal and if the Jets defense are asleep at the wheel on Monday Night then we can only hope it doesn’t end up like their previous prime time performance on Thanksgiving Night.
Antonio Cromartie should defend Kenny Britt who went for 8 REC, 143 YDS vs the Colts and the Jets should probably find a way to re-activate Darrelle Revis right NOW to defend Kendall Wright because I don’t trust Kyle Wilson at all. That’s a huge match-up advantage for the Titans, probably the biggest one of the game outside of Chris Johnson vs the Jets run defense a matchup that I feel can go either way with the way the Jets D-line has played lately.
Locker will be facing a pass rush that consist Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples who have both been on a slight rampage as of late and will look to continue their stellar play under the bright lights with the Jets playoff chances still very much alive. Locker was only sacked once by the Colts last week but the Titans O-line will be facing a different type of pass rush this week as Rex will most certainly look to see if Locker can actually beat the blitz effectively.