Here is a scouting report on the jets week 15 opponent...the tennessee titans
the jets head to tennessee for a monday night football matchup with the tennesee titans. the titans, struggling at 4-10, will present some problems for the jets. let's take a look at them now.
tennessee offense vs. jets defense
the jets defense has played extremely well the last two weeks, albeit against two of the worst offensive teams in the league in the arizona cardinals and the jacksonville jaguars. still, you need to build confidence and that's what the jets defense has done. tennessee has some playmakers on offense, so this will be a bigger test for this defense than they've seen in a few weeks.
The Titans offense is led by 2nd year qb Jake Locker. Locker is going through some serious growing pains this season and having a real hard time controlling the football. lockers penchant for turnovers has really hurt the titans. last week, locker threw a deadly pick 6 at his own 3 yard line that turned out to be the winning score in a loss to the colts. Still, there are some things locker does well. he is extremely mobile, averaging almost 9 yards a carry when he runs with the football, and is very accurate throwing the ball down the field. he's a very good deep thrower. the jets are going to need to get a good pass rush on locker, but find a way to keep him from escaping the pocket. locker will do some serious damage with his legs.
Lockers best friend on offense is chris johnson. johnson, who started slowly this year, has really picked it up as of late. He's over 1000 yards for the year and is really the one player on the field that can ruin the jets night. johnson can be stuffed over and over again, but he is as explosive a back as there is in the league. you may stuff him 9 out of 10 runs, but it will be that 1 where he hits you for a huge gainer. The Jets need to set and keep their edges in the run game and not allow johnson to get loose. this is a tough task for the d-line monday night.
the titans also have some weapons in the passing game as well. antonio cromartie will have his hands full with the titans best wideout, kenny britt. britt is inconsistent, but when he has big games, he can go off. britt can you hit you for big plays all over the field. he's a big, fast receiver that cromartie will have to play tight with all day, this will be one of cromartie's tougher assignments all year.
the titans other wideouts aren't too shabby either. rookie kendall wright from baylor has had some impact in his first year, and nate washington is a savvy veteran who finds holes in the zone and can get deep on you sometimes as well. tight end jared cook is another pass cathing option for locker. the titans may be 4-10, but it's not for lack of talent on offense.
jets offense vs. titans defense
the main reason the titans are 4-10 is because of their defense. The Titans are in the bottom 10 of almost all defensive categories. There really isn't a player on this defense the Jets should have to gameplan for. There isn't someone who can really wreck the offense. Then again, with the way the Jets offense has been going, they don't seem to have a problem finding ways to wreck themselves.
The titans defensive line has ends derrick morgan and kamerion wimbley. Both are more known as pass rushers than playing the run effectively. The Titans are weak against the run. They're not very big on the defenisive line at all. The Jets Offensive line should be more concerned about the quickness of the line, instead of its girth.
The rest of the defense for the Titans is pretty weak as well. Not much to say about the linebacking core....don't cover well in space....not effective against the run. The secondary has two solid safeties in Jordin Babineaux and Michael Griffin, but they are not great cover guys either. Babineaux is always looking for a big hit, so he can be fooled in pass coverage. Cornerback jASON MCCOURTY IS A SOLID COVER GUY AND CAN MAKE SOME PLAYS. HE'S THE ONE GUY THAT THE JETS MIGHT NOT WANT TO TEST TOO MUCH.
THE JETS OFFENSE HAS GONE BACK TO ITS OLD WAYS....HAND IT OFF TO THE BACKS AND RUN IT 30+TIMES A GAME. WITH MARK SANCHEZ TURNING IT OVER A LOT LATELY, COACH REX RYAN AND TONY SPARANO HAVE OPTED TO JUST RELY ON THE RUN GAME AND TIMELY PASSING TO MOVE THE FOOTBALL. AGAINST THE TITANS THIS WEEK, THAT'LL BE THE SAME PLAN. RUN IT A TON....TAKE A SHOT HERE AND THERE IN THE PASSING GAME. WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW QUICKLY THE JETS INCORPORATE BRAYLON EDWARDS INTO THE OFFENSE. HE HAS SOME FAMILIARITY WITH SANCHEZ. LET'S SEE IF THAT HELPS MARK.
SOMETHING ABOUT THIS GAME JUST MAKES ME FEEL QUEASY. THE JETS HAVE WON 2 IN A ROW, IN UGLY FASHION, BUT YOU TAKE WINS ANY WAY YOU CAN GET THEM. STILL, I JUST HAVE A BAD FEELING ABOUT THIS GAME. I GET THE FEELING THIS IS A WEEK WHERE THE JETS COME OUT FLAT AND LOOK BAD. THE TITANS ARE NOT A GOOD TEAM, BUT THEY'RE NOT GOING TO ROLL OVER EITHER. COACH MIKE MUNCHAK IS FIGHTING FOR HIS COACHING LIFE AND HIS PLAYERS WILL PLAY HARD FOR HIM. I GET THE FEELING THE JETS WILL TURN IT OVER ONE TOO MANY TIMES THIS WEEK, LOCKER MAKES SOME PLAYS WITH HIS LEGS, AND THE JETS LEAVE NASHVILLE WITH THE LAST