New York Jets at Tennessee Titans 9/29/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Tennessee Titans 38, New York Jets 13
September 29, 2013
At the beginning of the year, no one could have predicted that this Week 4 battle between the New York Jets and the Tennessee Titans could be so intriguing. The teams both appeared to be pretty evenly-matched coming in: they were both sitting at 2-1 and reliant on stout defense and power running games to get their victories.
This one was bound to have some interesting storylines attached to it, so let’s examine the numbers and see how things panned out. We’ll also take a look forward to Week 5 to check out what’s in store for the near future.
What Happened: This game should have been a lot closer than it ended up being. Statistically, both teams were pretty similar in most areas, but there were a few glaring discrepancies (which we’ll get to in a moment) that turned the tide completely. Tennessee’s opportunistic defense allowed their offense to take full advantage of their excellent field position and come away with points. They forced four turnovers off the sputtering Jets offense, turning those mistakes into 28 points and cruising to a blowout 38-13 victory.
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The Stars: We’ll give the lion’s share of the credit to the Titans defense. Alterraun Verner seemed to be all over the place, as he tallied two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Karl Klug (strip-sack for a defensive TD) and Ropati Pitoitua (two sacks) got in on the action as well in a very active afternoon.
All that action set up Tennessee’s offense for easy pickings, as Jake Locker tossed a clean 18-for-24 line for 149 yards and three touchdowns. Nate Washington was the main beneficiary of the passing game, grabbing four for 105 yards and two TDs.
For the Jets, there aren’t too many positives to take away from this one; their mistakes prevented the offense from getting anything going. TE Kellen Winslow had six receptions for 73 yards, so that’s pretty good, we guess.
The Goats: When you roll the dice on a rookie QB, mistakes are bound to happen, and it was one of those games for the Jets. First-year signal-caller Geno Smith accounted for all four turnovers, including a pair of interceptions and two bone-headed fumbles that came as a result of lax ball security. To be fair, he was working with a beat-up, second-rate receiving corps that didn’t do much to make themselves available targets.
The team was once again undisciplined when it came to penalties (10 for 66 yards in all), which proves they haven’t learned their lesson after setting the franchise record for penalties (20) in Week 3 against the Bills.
Injuries: Neither team had much luck when it came to injuries in this one. The Jets lost WR Stephen Hill on the opening drive of the game, the victim of a head injury. No. 1 WR Santonio Holmes left as well, hitting the sidelines with a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter.
The Titans lost starting QB Jake Locker after a crushing hit early in the third quarter. He was taken to the hospital with a hip injury and will undergo a thorough round of testing. Backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick filled in for the remainder of the game, going 3-for-8 for 108 yards and a TD.
Outlook: As tough as this one was for New York, things aren’t going to be getting much better for the Jets in the immediate future. Next week they’ll visit the dangerous Falcons on “Monday Night Football,” and they’ve got a lot of work to do before heading back to the national stage.
Meanwhile, the Titans have their hands full in Week 5 as well. They’ll be at home against a streaking Chiefs team that destroyed the Giants in Week 4.
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