This week the Jets (6-7) try to keep their slim playoff hopes alive when they take on the Tennessee Titans (4-9) in a Monday Night Football matchup that ESPN probably wishes it had the power to flex to another game. With the way these 2 teams have been playing offensively the past few weeks (outside of the running game from both teams respectively) this one is sure to be an eye sore of a football game come Monday night. The Jets were able to pull out a win in Jacksonville last week in a game in which the Jets running game pretty much controlled the game in the 3rd and 4th quarters and the Jets defense pretty much played another week of excellent football. The Titans on the other hand, lost their 3rd game in a row when they fell to the Colts last week 27-23 a game in which Colts rookie phenom Andrew Luck didn’t actually play his best game. The Titans were unable to capitalize off Luck’s off day because their own QB Jake Locker couldn’t seem to get out of HIS own way as well.
This week the Jets will be facing an opponent in the Titans that clearly loves to run the football with their stud RB Chris Johnson and a team that isn’t shy about playing respectable defense for the most part. The Titans are a team with a lot of promising skilled players but just cant seem to put it together. The Jets of course wont be taking them lightly this week and neither will I.
The Titans showed last week vs the Colts that they are more than capable of scoring the football as they score a TD on the opening possession of the game. It was a 9 play, 80 yard drive that took all of 4 minutes and 50 seconds to complete a drive that illustrated the potential this Titans team has when it can get out of its own way and play smart, effective football. I quickly want to illustrate the drive utilizing the All-22 Film and highlight the most important plays on the drive to illustrate exactly what the Jets will be up against this Monday night.
1st and 10 at the Titans 20 yard line;
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Titans come out in a 2 WR/ 3 RB set to start the game, which is designed to give Locker more check down options and more adequate/max protect when rolling out to better utilize his abilities, something that he in fact does as you can see in the next play.
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Locker rolls out to his right and immediately and accurately hits WR Kenny Britt who ran what looks to be a 10 yard out route towards the sideline. Locker makes a perfect throw where only Britt can catch it in which Britt does for 9 yards. Britt just simply ran an out and took advantage of Colts CB Cassius Vaughn’s inability to stick with him stride for stride, something Jets CB Antonio Cromartie may have better success with.