Gameday Cross Examination: Jets at Titans

Chaz Schilens | New York Jets

As the Jets prepare to do battle with Tennessee, Green and White Report's Nick St. Denis breaks down the pivotal Monday Night match-up.

When the Titans are on offense:

The Titans haven't been impressive as of late, but running back Chris Johnson isn't a guy to fall asleep against. Johnson hasn't scored in three games but is due, and he's already eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark this season and remains the team's most explosive offensive player.

When the Titans are on defense:

Tennessee's defense has made a lot of quarterbacks look good, as it gives up the highest completion rate in the NFL (67.8). The Titans are also surrendering an average of two passing touchdowns a game.

A Titans strength:

Quarterback Jake Locker can make plays on his feet, something Jets coach Rex Ryan noted during the week. Locker has rushed for 213 yards this season and is averaging 8.5 yards a carry, so containing him on the ground when the pass coverage is on lockdown will be a pretty big focal point.

A Titans weakness:

The Titans have given up the third-most rushing first downs in the NFL, which plays right into the way the Jets prefer to move the chains. A heavy dose of Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell is in order.

Matchup to watch:

Special teams. Despite its struggles this season, the Jets' Mike Westhoff-led special teams unit is one of the most respected in the league. Tennessee gives up the second most yards per kick return and has already allowed one to get brought back for a score, so returner Joe McKnight will be licking his chops for an opportunity to tilt the game.

Final thoughts:

The Jets absolutely can't lose, and they won't. The defense is playing at a pretty high level, notably at cornerback with Antonio Cromartie and on the defensive line with Muhammad Wilkerson. Their work alone is enough to provide the Jets' sub-par offense with ample opportunities to pull away.

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