Tale Of The Tape: New York Jets At Tennessee Titans

New York Jets
Tennessee Titans
Geno Smith has done enough to keep the Jets’ heads above water. While he needs quite a bit of polish to become the kind of quarterback who plays consistently each week, Smith is not afraid to compete. He threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns against the Bills and he bounced back from earlier mistakes to throw the game-winning touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
Winner Jake Locker took an important step in his development with last week’s come-from-behind win over the San Diego Chargers. He led the team down the field in the final minutes and threw a superb touchdown pass to Justin Hunter that secured the victory for the Titans. Locker seemed to thrive when he found himself in the must-produce series and that’s a good thing for the Titans.
The Jets still want to ground-and-pound when they can and they got a shocking 149-yard performance from Bilal Powell against the Bills in Week Three. While they can’t count on that each week, Powell is going to make opponents respect the run. The Jets don’t have an impressive receiving crew, but Santonio Holmes can get open and run well after the catch.
Winner Explosive Chris Johnson remains an important part of the Tennessee offense. He could have a big game in trying to match what the Jets’ Powell did last week. Nate Washington is coming off an explosive 131-yard receiving game against the Chargers and he is Locker’s top receiver. Kendall Wright is a complementary receiver who can get open on third-down plays.
Winner Rex Ryan can still fire up his defense. The Jets have been solid on defense through the first three games and they have kept opponents from stringing long drives together. Antonio Cromartie has shown that he remains an outstanding cover man, while Muhammad Wilkerson is coming off a monster game against the Bills in which he had 6 tackles, 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble.
The Titans don’t have a lot of big names on defense, but Mike Munchak’s team is running hard to the ball and they are quite aggressive in their gang tackling. Middle linebacker Moise Fokou plays with determination and speed and he had eight tackles in the win over the Chargers. Bernard Pollard is a big hitter from the strong safety position who helps set the tone.
Special Teams
Winner The Jets’ kick coverage has been solid in the early going. That’s a must for a team that does not produce consistently on offense. Nick Folk is a decent kicker, but he does not have great leg strength. Ryan Quigley gets good height on his punts and keeps opponent from setting up long returns.
Winner Darius Reynaud has good speed and he can be a decent returner. While Rob Bironas missed a field goal attempt against the Chargers, he is a very solid kicker and Munchak has confidence in him. Brett Kern is one of the better punters in the league because he knows how to drop the ball inside the 20.

The Winner Is

Winner Tennessee Titans
3 out of 4

This game appears to be a dogfight between two limited teams that are both off to surprising 2-1 starts. The Titans have the better quarterback and the home field advantage, and that could be the difference.
-Steve Silverman, CBS Local Sports contributor


  1. PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 23: Sam Bradford #8 of the Minnesota Vikings throws a pass in the first quarter against Brandon Graham #55 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on October 23, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Vikings 21-10. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) GREENBAY, WI - OCTOBER 20: Running back Jordan Howard #24 of the Chicago Bears is tackled by nose tackle Kenny Clark #97 and cornerback Demetri Goodson #39 of the Green Bay Packers in the second quarter at Lambeau Field on October 20, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
    Week 8 Tale Of The Tape: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears

    The Vikings and Bears square off in a battle of NFC North divisional rivals.

  2. PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 23: Quarterback Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles avoids Everson Griffen #97 of the Minnesota Vikings as he runs for a first down during the second quarter of a game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 23, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 16: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys looks to pass against the Green Bay Packers during the third quarter at Lambeau Field on October 16, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Green Bay Packers 30-16.  (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
    Week 8 Tale Of The Tape: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

    Two of the top rookie QBs face off in Big D.

  3. GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 23:  Running back David Johnson #31 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes the football during the NFL game against the Seattle Seahawks at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals and Seahawks tied 6-6.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 16: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers scrambles out of the pocked during the first half of a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 16, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
    Week 8 Tale Of The Tape: Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers

    The Cardinals are still trying to catch the Seahawks atop the NFC West, they now take on the embattled Panthers.

See All Tales of the Tape

More From CBS Boston

Download Our App
Download Weather App
Taz Show

Listen Live