Tennessee Titans vs. New York Jets Free Pick 9/29/13
New York Jets (2-1) at Tennessee Titans (2-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 4:05 pm (LP Field)
The Line: Tennessee Titans -6 -- Over/Under: 38.5 See the Latest Odds
The New York Jets and the Tennessee Titans will both be looking for consecutive victories when they meet in Tennessee this weekend. New York is coming off a home field victory over the Buffalo Bills, while the Titans escaped with a last second victory at home over the San Diego Chargers.
If there is ever a way to win ugly, the New York Jets perfected it last week when they outlasted the Buffalo Bills at MetLife stadium in a game that was marred with penalties and sloppy play but was enough for the Jets to somehow move to 2-1 despite an underwhelming roster. Geno Smith has shown signs of being a legitimate number one quarterback in a couple years but has also made some crucial mistakes that validates his playing experience and leaves the Jets in a constant state of uncertainty behind centre. Stephen Hill and Santonio Holmes have played quite well through three weeks and Bilal Powell asserted himself as the team’s go to option on the ground but the Jets look as though they’re still a couple of pieces away from challenging in the AFC East despite a regression of sorts from the rest of the division. New York will look for another grind it out type of victory as they head to Tennessee who hasn’t looked like word beaters through three weeks either.
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Tennessee appears to be making strides towards improving in the AFC South and in the next year or so will likely challenge for a playoff spot but in the meantime I think they’ll take this season to work some kinks out and build some chemistry between the key components of their roster. Chris Johnson is slowly but surely re-establishing his reputation as one of the premier backs in the NFL, Nate Washington and Kendall Wright have been great targets for Jake Locker who is still looking to find his niche as an NFL quarterback. The Titans are 2-1 on the season after defeating the Steelers and Chargers, and could very well be 3-0 if they didn’t succumb to a last second comeback by the Houston Texans. This is a tough game to call as both teams have a similar style in terms of offense which will focus on running the ball and limiting the reliance on their quarterback to make plays but someone has to win. Overall, I think Tennessee is the better team with the better ground game and while Bilal Powell should eat up some nice yardage in this one I think Chris Johnson will do one better.