Sunday, September 29, 2013

Week 4 Preview: Jets at Titans, First of Many Slightly More Bitter, Rambling Articles

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Jets: OL Oday Aboushi (knee), RB Chris Ivory (hamstring), CB Dee Milliner (hamstring)

Titans: RB Shonn Greene (knee), DT Sammie Lee Hill (ankle)

Jets: None

Titans: None

Jets: None

Titans: LB Patrick Bailey (hamstring), WR Kenny Britt (neck/ribs), TE Delanie Walker (toe), CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (hamstring)

Jets: It looks like this is going to be a recurring theme as the Jets listed 11 players as probable. I'll just give you the highlights and not waste your time, DT Kenrick Ellis (back). The rest are people who you probably haven't been concerned about this week. Even Geno Smith is on the injury report. Give it up for Rex "Belichick" Ryan.

Titans: LB Moises Fokou (neck), LB Zaviar Gooden (ankle), OT David Stewart (calf)

This has potential to be the most fun game on the slate this week. You have two young teams with some potential facing off against one another. It's a battle of surprise 2-1 teams, and I think that the winner will have at least a slight chance of making the playoffs. It will end up being an important game by the end of the year for tiebreaker purposes.

Does this mean I think that the Jets are good? Not necessarily, but the AFC is rather weak, and a 3-1 start means that they only have to be 5-7 the rest of the way to contend. With the defense playing so well, it won't be too hard to beat the Brownies, Steelers, or Raiders. They might be able to squeak out some other wins. Realistically, this is a 6-10 team, but it's not out of the question that they could be in the mix during the stretch run.

But I do think that the Titans are quite intriguing. I'm watching this game more to watch them than my Jets. I know what my Jets are. I have always believed in Jake Locker's talent, and it looks like he may just be rounding into form, which bodes well for this team's prospects this year and going forward. Now they just need to get him some better receivers, but he's looked good.

Unfortunately we don't get to see Shonn Greene rip off spectacular 2 yard runs in this game, but we get to see Chris Johnson do the same, save for a big play or two. As good as this Jets defense has been, Fred Jackson showed up last week that Gang Green is susceptible to the big play. He may rip of a couple 20+ yard runs, which spells doom for us. It is entirely possible, however, that the offensive line is so awful that they get dominated at the line of scrimmage all day, and Johnson has nowhere to go, like CJ Spiller and Doug Martin in the first two weeks of the year. That's when Chris Johnson has to get ready to break some screen passes for big gains. And he just might.

The Jets played like garbage at the end of last week's game. They tried everything in their power to give the game away, but Santonio Holmes, Geno Smith, and the Bills secondary bailed them out. It was painful watching them gets called for 20 penalties for 168 yards. It was painful watching Kyle Wilson commit penalties on three straight plays. It was painful watching them recover two fumbles in a five play span, and having both of them called back. That's why I have so many reservations about this team's chances.

I am kind of excited to watch Darrin Walls start at corner for the injured Dee Milliner. He has looked pretty good in limited action, and at the very least is better than the defensive eyesore that is Kyle Wilson. He has to be, right?

As for the Titans defense, I don't know why, but they've been solid so far. I don't see where this talent is, but it's there, and it will be interesting to watch what they do against the Jets today.

Look, I think that Geno Smith played really well last week, and the receivers looked like human beings for once, but I can't count on that every week. Especially after (despite the win), they played an atrocious game last week.

TITANS (-3.5) over Jets. 

Titans 17, Jets 13

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