Know Thy Enemy: Week 4: New York Jets vs. Tennessee Titans
Sep 22, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) carries the ball against the San Diego Chargers during the second half at LP Field. The Titans beat the Chargers 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports
Back for another week, henceforth, another edition of “Know Thy Enemy”. This week, with our upcoming battle against the Tennessee Titans, we speak to our buddy Joshua Huffman. He is the editor of our Fansided Titans site, known as Titan Sized. Check them out for all things Titans related.
Take a look at our conversation about the upcoming game:
THE JET PRESS: The Jets are ranked #6 in the league in run defense. Can Chris Johnson have a big day against this team, or are you concerned about him heading into this week?
TITAN SIZED: It would’ve been nice to have Shonn Greene as a complementary piece behind Johnson. Unfortunately, Greene will miss this game after recently having hisknee scoped. Johnson won’t have another 94-yard touchdown run, however, animproved offensive line will let him have a more efficient stat line than hisother 20 carries that went for 28 yards in the last matchup.
TJP: For what you have been able to see, what do you think of Geno Smith so far?What have you liked in his play and what do you think the Titans need to do tostop him?
TS: I haven’t had the opportunity to watch Geno Smith. The Titans have yet toface a mobile quarterback. This will provide a strong test before upcoming gamesagainst the Seattle Seahawks (Russell Wilson) and San Francisco 49ers (ColinKaepernick). Since the Jets offense isn’t explosive, if the Titans can even turnone takeaway into seven points, it’ll go a long way in preserving a Titansvictory.
TJP: How has Jake Locker improved in 2013?
TS: Locker is more experienced and healthier. Last season, he injured hisshoulder in Week 1. He re-aggravated that shoulder injury in Week 4. Instabilityat offensive coordinator and a poor offensive line didn’t help the second-yearquarterback. While Locker’s accuracy remains a huge concern, he showed a lotmore pocket presence in his comeback victory against the San Diego Chargers.
TJP: For the first time in many years, the Jets have an excellent pass rush that canget to the quarterback with a four man rush. How do the Titans gameplan to slowthat down?
TS: Run the football. That’s what they did when they faced the PittsburghSteelers and Houston Texans. If the Titans jump out to an early 7-0 lead, don’tbe surprised if Mike Munchak goes into shutdown mode and tries to shorten thegame with a run-heavy approach. Rob Turner (center) and Chance Warmack (rightguard) have been susceptible in pass protection. Don’t see the Titans taking toomany chances against Rex Ryan’s defense.
TJP: What is your prediction for Sunday’s game?
TS: Titans 13, Jets 7. Both teams have similar identities. The Titans benefit from home-field advantage and a more experienced quarterback. With that said, if the Titans approach this game with the idea that the Jets are as bad as the media says, it could spell disaster. These are two good defenses that lean on their front sevens. Despite a lackluster offense, the Jets are always dangerous because Ryan’s defense will keep them in games.
Thanks to Josh Huffman for taking the time. Take in his site, Titan Sized, at the link above, as they do a great job covering their team.