Jets TakeOff! Week 15 Preview: New York Jets vs. Tennessee Titans

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December 9, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) sets to throw during the first half of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports


As much as people don’t want to count on this factor, I agree with Sean Durham’s opinion in his “Quick All-22 Review“, that this game will hinge largely on the arm of Mark Sanchez. Don’t get me wrong, the Titans are near the bottom of the league in both rushing and pass defense. There will be holes for the “Ground and Pound” to do it’s thing. But, Tennessee watches film, they know how the Jets running attack has improved, and the tough time that Mark Sanchez has had of late. They will stack the box tomorrow night and force the Jets into passing situations.

Mark Sanchez will again be called upon to be mistake free. He is going to need to take care of that football at all costs. His confidence will be up, with old friend Braylon Edwards lined up on the outside. Mark will be forced to throw the football, and he will have openings. He will have to be decisive, and for God’s sake, be careful with the football.


That all being said, they cannot give up on the run, no matter what happens early. We talked about it early this week, the running game takes persistence to open up. The “Ground and Pound” is a game of endurance, of exerting your will over the other team. You have to keep pounding it out, and as we saw last week, it pays dividends. In that second half, the Jets started breaking off yardage on the ground in chunks as if it were going out of style.

Note to Tony, remember that result from Sunday. Unless God forbid we get behind by a lot really quickly, stick with that running game. It will pay off.

There are your keys to the game. Thanks for reading.

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