Chris Johnson is the Titans' key. Image courtesy of nfl.com/Mark Humphrey/AP
The New York Jets are clinging to the hope of making the playoffs, but it has more to do with the team’s soft schedule than any great late season run. After a 49-19 thumping by New England three weeks back, Rex Ryan’s team has at least got a couple of wins on the board, albeit thanks to a one-point win over struggling Arizona and a slightly more convincing 17-10 decision over Jacksonville last week.
The Tennessee Titans are no more likely to provide stiff opposition than the Jets’ last two opponents when they clash on Tuesday (AEDT). Even gun running back Chris Johnson has struggled during the team’s current three-game slide. The backfield star has been held to 175 yards on 53 carries without a touchdown since the Titans’ bye in Week 11. Quarterback Jake Locker won his first start back against Miami 37-3 the week before, but that was the last time the Titans tasted success.
Part of their troubles comes down to an inability to defend against the run, and that will be music to the ears of the Jets. With QB Mark Sanchez still on struggle street, running duo Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell have been the dominant force on offence, combining for 317 of the team’s 343 yards on the ground the past two games. Tennessee allows an average of 127 rushing yards per contest, only good enough for 23rd in the league.
The Titans will be without tight end Jared Cook who is gone for the year with an torn rotator cuff. These teams haven’t met since 2009 when the Jets posted a 24-17 win.
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