|Last 3 Games||2-1||+1||1-2||1-2||14.3||1.0||321.3||(4.9)||3.7||21.7||13.7||301.0||(4.9)||1.3|
|Offense (All Games)||18.8||7.8||18.6||30:21||31-119||(3.8)||17-31||56.2%||187||(6)||62-306||(4.9)||(16.2)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||21.7||10.6||19.9||30:16||27-113||(4.2)||21-35||59.8%||229||(6.5)||62-342||(5.5)||(15.7)|
|Offense Road Games||18.3||7.2||18.0||30:20||32-110||(3.4)||16-30||55.6%||183||(6.2)||62-292||(4.7)||(15.9)|
|Defense (All Games)||23.5||12.4||19.2||30:55||31-136||(4.4)||18-33||54.1%||196||(6)||64-332||(5.2)||(14.1)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.4||11.8||20.5||31:43||28-121||(4.3)||21-35||60.4%||228||(6.6)||63-349||(5.5)||(14.9)|
|Defense Road Games||21.2||10.5||20.2||32:25||31-132||(4.2)||20-36||56.9%||206||(5.7)||67-338||(5)||(16)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.0||1.2||2.2||-0.5||14-5||37.3%||1-1||58.3%||3-81||(26.9)||2-16||(10.6)||5-46|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.7||1.6||1.8||13-5||37.1%||1-0||49.7%||3-68||(24)||23-2||(10.1)||6-57|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.7||1.0||1.7||0.0||14-5||37.3%||0-0||33.3%||2-69||(27.5)||3-21||(7.9)||6-50|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.8||0.8||1.7|| ||14-6||39.2%||1-1||76.9%||3-72||(21.8)||2-20||(10.6)||7-47|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.7||1.6|| ||13-5||38.2%||1-0||49.4%||3-61||(23.8)||24-2||(10)||6-55|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.7||1.0||1.7|| ||16-6||40.6%||1-1||77.8%||4-97||(24.2)||2-21||(9.8)||8-57|
|Last 3 Games||0-3||-3.5||0-3||1-2||17.3||9.7||356.7||(5.6)||3.3||25.0||11.7||307.3||(4.9)||1.0|
|Offense (All Games)||20.8||10.6||17.4||27:41||22-105||(4.7)||22-36||59.8%||227||(6.2)||59-331||(5.6)||(15.9)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||23||11.1||20||30:40||26-113||(4.3)||21-36||60.0%||233||(6.6)||62-346||(5.6)||(15.1)|
|Offense Home Games||21.0||9.5||17.8||27:49||19-89||(4.6)||24-40||61.3%||262||(6.6)||59-351||(5.9)||(16.7)|
|Defense (All Games)||29.7||13.5||22.2||33:20||30-127||(4.2)||24-35||67.8%||250||(7.2)||65-377||(5.8)||(12.7)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.5||12.2||20.9||31:14||28-119||(4.2)||22-36||60.3%||234||(6.5)||64-353||(5.5)||(15)|
|Defense Home Games||32.0||15.8||24.5||34:23||33-136||(4.1)||26-37||69.3%||286||(7.6)||70-422||(6)||(13.2)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.1||0.9||2.0||-0.8||13-5||40.6%||1-0||45.5%||4-92||(25)||2-23||(12)||6-51|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.8||0.7||1.5||1.8||13-5||37.8%||1-0||52.3%||3-67||(23.6)||23-2||(10.2)||6-58|
|Stats For (Home Games)||1.0||1.7||2.7||-2.0||13-5||38.7%||1-0||20.0%||4-102||(26.6)||2-28||(15.1)||6-46|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.9||0.3||1.2|| ||13-5||40.6%||1-0||50.0%||2-51||(27.8)||2-21||(9.1)||6-50|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.6||1.6|| ||14-5||39.7%||1-0||49.3%||3-59||(22.5)||22-2||(10)||6-54|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.3||0.3||0.7|| ||14-5||39.0%||1-0||50.0%||2-42||(21.2)||3-32||(10.7)||6-57|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NY JETS 21.8, TENNESSEE 19.6|
|10/21/2012||@ NEW ENGLAND||26-29||L||11||W||47.5||O||33-106||28-41-297||2||31-131||26-42-250||1|
|11/18/2012||@ ST LOUIS||27-13||W||3.5||W||39||O||41-124||16-21-165||0||20-114||23-44-167||3|
|12/17/2012||@ TENNESSEE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||SAN DIEGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||@ BUFFALO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/17/2012||NY JETS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||@ GREEN BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||JACKSONVILLE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|NY JETS: 'Ground and pound' wasn't former OC Brian Schottenheimer's style. However, things will be different under new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, who preached power running recently in Miami and Dallas. It will be a change from the zone-blocking scheme the Jets ran under former offensive line coach Bill Callahan, so there could be growing pains. Expect a heavy dose of Shonn Greene, though Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight should see an uptick in playing time since Sparano typically has used a time-share backfield. The Jets will surely work in some single-wing-type sets for Tim Tebow, who should see an average of up to 10 reps per game. Sparano wants to run a lot of play-action and get the ball downfield. But while Mark Sanchez has the feet and athleticism to make the play-action part work, he's never been an accurate downfield passer. Santonio Holmes is by far their best receiver, but rookie Stephen Hill, who's expected to start, is a better fit in this scheme. TE Dustin Keller is Sanchez's safety blanket; he and slot man Jeremy Kerley would normally be his favorite targets, but in this offense they're likely to be secondary targets. With Plaxico Burress gone, the Jets are unlikely to throw in the red zone as often as they did last season. Say what you will about their antics and propensity to run their mouths, but the Jets defense continue to back up its talk. The one exception last year was the pass rush, where Gang Green is hoping rookie first-rounder Quinton Coples will help. If he does, it will allow David Harris to blitz less and commit to the run more often, which will improve a Jets rushing defense that was inconsistent at times in 2011. Darrelle Revis continues to be the best shutdown corner in the game, and the team is hoping that LaRon Landry will make an impact at the safety position after coming over from Washington. Landry's health is a question mark again as he's coming off a major Achilles injury and opted against surgery. |
|TENNESSEE: The Titans are encouraged by what they deemed a productive offseason for RB Chris Johnson. They mix a lot of zone plays in for Johnson, though their line is more built for man blocking. They use a lot of two-tight end sets and still use a fullback to try and open things up for him. Johnson takes about 70 percent of the reps and is often asked to find yards between the tackles. Javon Ringer will come in on every third or fourth series. The Titans often go into the red zone with the idea of running it, with Johnson taking a lot of touches. But they get easily frustrated after one busted play and ended up one of the league's most pass-heavy red zone teams. The Titans were so pass-happy for most of last season that they looked like classic Air Coryell under offensive coordinator Chris Palmer. They get the ball downfield aggressively, something that didn't change whether it was Matt Hasselbeck or Jake Locker under center. Kenny Britt is the first look, with Nate Washington not far behind. Jared Cook is often used to stretch the middle of the field. Rookie Kendall Wright was brought in to provide a deep threat in the slot, though he may be used underneath as well for spacing purposes. The Titans also reintroduced the screen game last year, giving them another way to get Johnson the ball. They'll often try to get the ball outside to a receiver near the goal line rather than using a tight end over the middle. Defensive line coach Jim Washburn and DE Jason Babin leaving before last season was a big reason Tennessee finished with the second-fewest sacks in the NFL in 2011. The secondary took a hit this year with the departure of CB Cortland Finnegan and contract dispute with franchise player S Michael Griffin. A lot is going to be asked of LB Colin McCarthy, who was a monster after moving into the starting lineup in the middle of last season, recording 50 solo tackles over eight games as a rookie. Tennessee will be looking for both projected starting cornerbacks, Jason McCourty and Alterraun Verner, to help fill the void created by the loss of Finnegan. McCourty led defensive backs in solo tackles in 2011, and opposing quarterbacks may target him even more often now that he'll be matched up with many opposing No. 1 WRs. Verner has 102 total tackles (86 solo) in 15 career starts and would seem to be the more attractive target for opposing quarterbacks to pick on. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (NY JETS-TENNESSEE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES with Edwards likely to play)
*Jets-Titans Preview* =====================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Back-to-back wins have turned the New York Jets into a viable playoff contender, but the usually bold and boisterous Rex Ryan is tempering any enthusiasm - for a change.
Ryan and the Jets will try to improve their postseason chances by continuing to capitalize on a favorable schedule Monday night when they visit the struggling Tennessee Titans.
It seemed inevitable that New York (6-7) would miss the playoffs for the second straight time after a 49-19 home loss to New England on Thanksgiving.
The Jets, though, have responded, albeit in less-than-convincing fashion.
With the remaining five games against opponents with losing records, New York began the stretch with a 7-6 win over Arizona two weeks ago before winning 17-10 at lowly Jacksonville in Week 14.
The victories revived the Jets' flagging season, putting them in contention for at least the final playoff spot.
"I'm not going to guarantee a playoff spot," a unusually toned-down Ryan said. "I think part of that is, look, the fact that we're one game under .500, I think you're probably not in the playoff conversation."
Ryan may realize New York needs considerable help if it's going to reach the postseason. He's also well aware of his team's offensive issues after the Jets totaled 559 yards - including 216 passing - over the last two games.
Still, the Jets' remaining schedule is very friendly. After facing the Titans (4-9), they'll host San Diego (5-8) before concluding the regular season at Buffalo (5-8).
"We just need to keep our head down and keep winning games," Ryan said. "We know the only way we can affect it is to win our games and then we'll see what somebody tells us."
Mark Sanchez has continued to struggle despite less-than-stellar competition. The Jets' embattled quarterback is 22 of 40 for 208 yards with three interceptions and a fumble over the last two games.
He didn't even throw the only touchdown pass in that stretch, as third-stringer Greg McElroy had it against the Cardinals after replacing Sanchez.
Sanchez's last TD pass came in the final minutes against the Patriots, a game remembered for him running into his lineman's rear end, causing a fumble that was returned for a score.
He should have a familiar target to throw to this week after the Jets claimed Braylon Edwards off waivers from Seattle. The receiver passed his physical and Ryan was optimistic about his chances to play Monday.
Edwards was a member of the team that reached AFC championship games in 2009 and '10.
The outspoken Edwards already came to Sanchez's defense on Twitter last week after debate raged as to whether he or McElroy should start.
"I played there," Edwards wrote. "Blame the idiots calling shots. Mark is a beast and will (prove) it when given a proper chance."
With Sanchez struggling, New York will likely rely heavily on the running game again after Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell combined for 317 of the team's 343 yards on the ground the past two games.
They may be in for another productive performance since Tennessee allows an average of 127.0 rushing yards, tied for 23rd in the league.
New York's defense has been excellent the past two weeks against the NFL's two worst offenses and the Titans are only slightly better, ranking 23rd with 331.9 yards per game.
Tennessee, though, does have Chris Johnson, just the eighth player in NFL history to run for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first five seasons.
"It's real special to be amongst some elite company," Johnson said. "Just give God a lot of thanks being able to stay healthy all the first five years I've been in the league and to be able to go over a thousand yards each of those years."
Johnson, however, has been held to 175 yards on 53 carries while failing to reach the end zone during the Titans' three-game slide. He was held to 44 yards on 19 rushes in last week's 27-23 loss at Indianapolis after Tennessee blew a 20-7 halftime lead.
The Titans, who will miss the playoffs for a fourth straight season, were dealt another blow when tight end Jared Cook was lost for the year with a torn right rotator cuff. Cook is second on the team in receptions (44) and third in yards (523).
Despite calls for improvement from owner Bud Adams, coach Mike Munchak feels the Titans are headed in the right direction.
"That's not my worry or my decision," Munchak said. "My job is to get these guys, we have to win football games. I get that. But I think it's all about, for me, is knowing that we're heading in the right direction.
"I feel we're doing that. I feel we're not getting the wins, and I get that. And that's what I'll be judged on when it's all said and done."
The Jets will have backup quarterback Tim Tebow active after he missed the last three games with two broken ribs, but Ryan said that Tebow will likely not run the wildcat or participate as the punt protector on special teams.
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 11:33:25 PM EST|