The 2-1 Tennessee Titans head to the Big Apple (well, Jersey) to take on the hapless but competitive Jets after consecutive weeks of emotional victories. Can they keep the good times rolling or will the injuries prove too much to overcome? Robert Saleh will be looking for his first signature victory while trying to rebuild the once-proud “J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets!” franchise. Will New York #TakeFlight for the upset? What do the numbers say?
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Key Numbers + Info (2021 season)
Record: 0-3 (0-1 AFC East)
Points scored: 20
Points allowed: 70
PPG allowed: 23.3
Average yards per rush: 3.9
Avg. yards per rush allowed: 3.8
Average rush yards per game: 80
Avg. rush yards per game allowed: 110.66
Rushing TDs: 0 for, 5 against
Avg. pass yards per game: 170
Avg. pass yards per game allowed: 217.33
Passing TDs: 2 for, 1 against
Pass Completion Rate: 55%
Pass Completion Rate Against: 72%
Leading Rusher: Michael Carter (24 attempts for 89 yards, 0 touchdowns)
Top Receiver: Braxton Berrios (14 receptions for 150 yards, 0 touchdowns)
Leading Tackler: C.J. Mosley (24 tackles, one pass defensed)
Key Additions: WR Corey Davis, WR Keelan Cole, OL Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL Dan Feeney, TE Tyler Kroft, QB Zach Wilson (rookie), EDGE Shaq Lawson (trade), LB Hamsah Nasirildeen (rookie), P Thomas Morstead, LB Jamien Sherwood (rookie), CB Brandin Echols (rookie), WR Elijah Moore (rookie), DT Sheldon Rankins
Key Losses: QB Sam Darnold (trade), Mekhi Becton (IR), EDGE Vinny Curry (NFI), LB Jarrad Davis (IR), S Lamarcus Joyner (IR), EDGE Carl Lawson (IR), S Ashtyn Davis (IR), LB BJ Goodson (retired), C Pat Elflein, EDGE Henry Anderson, LB Jordan Jenkins, LB Tarell Basham
Tennessee leads the series 25-19-1
Tennessee Call Out, Ball Out
Derrick Henry. PPR Superstar
– Henry is on pace to smash his career-best in receptions and receiving yards, posting 12 catches for 105 yards thus far. The already ultra dangerous runner is a beast, but to add the passing game dimension makes him even deadlier for defenses to try to scheme against. With the Titans’ top two receivers out, Henry will be relied upon more, not only as a runner but as a receiver out of the backfield as well. Can the stout Jets defense contain him?
Make Zach Wilson Uncomfortable
– The young rookie signal-caller has been sacked an astounding 15 times in just three games, thanks to a suspect offensive line. Tennessee has improved on defense but with a litany of pass rushers out for this game, including megabucks signing Bud Dupree, it will be interesting. Harold Landry has quietly emerged as a leading pressure man along with team sack leader Ola Adeniyi. Wilson definitely has had some rough patches while trying to pilot the moribund Jets offense. Tennessee must be licking their chops against an offensive line missing its best player, Mekhi Becton.
All about business
– The Jets aren’t the most talented team on the Titans’ schedule, admittedly. Tennessee will need to make quick and efficient work of a rebuilding team and move on to next week. Ryan Tannehill hasn’t had THAT breakout game and he’s coming off a pedestrian performance so he will need to lead Tennessee. The banged-up offensive line will need to keep Quinnen Williams and co at bay.
Keys to a Jets Victory
Wilson must be decisive
Wilson has had an inauspicious start to his pro career, completing just 55% of his passes and throwing a 2/7 touchdown to interceptions ratio. He needs to be decisive and take command in order for the Jets offense to expose Tennessee’s injured defense. It’s safe to say that the Jets’ efforts to surround him with talent haven’t worked out just yet. WR Denzel Mims will be active so there’s that
Corey Davis Revenge Game?
– Davis admitted that he was affected personally by the Titans’ decision not to re-sign him in favor of other targets. He will love to have his revenge as the Jets WR1 and he faces a Titans secondary that is hemorrhaging numbers to receivers on a weekly basis. It will be interesting to see which Titans corner faces him, Jackrabbit Jenkins or the rising Kristian Fulton. The Jets and Wilson will need him to step up, that’s for sure.
Cut off Henry at the pass
As mentioned earlier, the “new” found pass game dimension that Henry has added to his repertoire will be challenging for Robert Saleh to scheme against. Julio Jones and AJ Brown are both out with injury in this one, leaving Henry as the sole big-name threat. If the Jets can adequately cover the other Titans receivers like Nick Westbrook-Ikhine and Chester Rogers, they have a shot at pulling off the upset. We will see if Saleh’s men can get to Henry at the front to protect their “unproven” linebackers. No infamous proclamations from the Jets defense about wanting Henry like most college teams wanting Bama.
What are the odds?
Caesars has the Titans as 6 point favorites at -110 while the Jets are +110 dogs. The over/under has been set at 44.5. The money line is the Titans at -280 and the Jets at +230.
BetMGM has the Titans as 6 point favorites at -110 while the Jets are +110 dogs. The over/under has been set at 44.5. The money line is the Titans at -300 and the Jets at +250.
NEW YORK JETS 24
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