New York Jets vs. Tennessee Titans: Tale of the Tape

By Alan Schechter

Dec 17, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans linebacker Zach Brown (55) celebrates with corner back Alterraun Verner (20) after recovering a fumble against the New York Jets during the second half at LP Field. The Titans beat the Jets 14-10. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday afternoon, the Jets take on the Tennessee Titans, in an attempt to run their record to a surprising 3-1. This one will be a tough one for New York. Whenever Chris Johnson is in the backfield, the team he plays for will always be a tough out. Combine that with improved weapons on the outside and better play from Jake Locker, and it adds up to a big test for New York.

Let’s take a look at some of the history between these two teams:

Over, the Titans lead this series with a record of 22-17-1. Of late, however, the Jets have been hot, winning five out of the last seven matchups.

Last time these two met was a game we all remember. Last December 17th, the Jets went to Tennessee, holding onto slim playoff hopes. The Jets bottled up Chris Johnson for most of the game, though he did break loose for a 94 yard TD run. The Jets had chances to win, but Mark Sanchez threw 4 INTs and the Jets fell to the Titans 14-10.

Geno Smith is looking for his first road victory as a starter on Sunday. Kellen Winslow is near a career milestone. He needs just 57 yards to reach 5,000 receiving yards for his career.

The plan had better be to bottle up Chris Johnson once again. The Titans have a 24-9 record when he rushes for over 100 yards. Incidentally, the Titans are 4-1 when Jake Locker posts a passer rating of 90 or better. Nate Washington is playing well, coming off of a career high 131 receiving yards last week.

Needless to say, hopefully that won’t be Kyle Wilson’s matchup.